Starting a new life in another country can be challenging, but our six-step guide can help you plan your move to New Zealand.

6 steps to moving to New Zealand

1Research New Zealand

Research New Zealand online and consider coming for a visit to explore the country, experience the lifestyle and meet potential employers. You should soon know if you would like to live here.

2Choose a visa

Choose the best visa for you. This is likely to depend on how
long you want to stay, whether your skills are in demand in New
Zealand, and if you are moving with your family. You’ll likely
need a job offer before applying for your visa.

3Find a job

Explore job websites and contact recruiters. Update your CV for
the New Zealand job market, and gather the documents you will
need to have your qualifications recognised or to apply for

Apply for your visa

Once you have a job offer and all the required documents, you
can submit your visa application online. You can ask your
employer or a registered immigration adviser for help, if you
need it.

Plan your move

Use NZ Ready to help you plan you move to New Zealand. NZ
Ready is a free online tool that can give you a list of relevant
tasks tailored to your specific circumstances, to make your
move easier.

Settle in

Begin work and start settling into your new home. Ways to meet
people in New Zealand include: work social clubs, community
groups, volunteering, meetups and informal parents’ networks.



Celebrate your new life!

Hear from new migrants about living and working in New Zealand.

  • Why New Zealand?
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  • 90% of migrants say their welcome exceeded their expectations

    Source: Immigration NZ
  • Great job opportunities
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Explore your visa options for working, studying, investing or visiting New Zealand.
Check out the important things you need to consider before applying for a visa.
Use this handy pre-departure checklist so you can hit the ground running on arrival.
Check out this ‘to do’ list for when you arrive - it’ll make settling in easier.
Help for new migrants
Immigration New Zealand has an information service to help you settle into life and work.
plan your move to New Zealand

NZ Ready online planning tool

NZ Ready is a free online tool to help you plan your move to New Zealand, ensuring you know how things work here and have a hassle-free move.

Try NZ Ready

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