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Pacific Policies Visa Information.

Here we share some general information about Pacific Visa policy. This does not replace or constitute immigration advice from a licensed immigration adviser.

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Pacific Visa Policy.

New Zealand has complex and deep relationships with Pacific Nations. There are strong economic, cultural and strategic linkages and, in some cases, constitutional connections that reflect our colonial past.

Most categories are governed by quotas and often job offers are required. Applicants will need to meet a high standard of health and character.

In some cases, a level of English language competence is required. These categories open for applications at different times of the year and demand can sometimes outstrip places available.

Pacific Access.

A total of 650 applicants from the list of countries below, not otherwise eligible for residence, can be accepted each year, on a lottery basis:

  • Fiji

  • Kiribati

  • Tonga

  • Tuvalu

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Samoan Quota.

There are 1100 special places available for Samoan Citizens under the age of 45 who are residing in Samoa but who have an offer of employment in New Zealand. The Samoan Quota is administrated out of Samoa. A minimum English language standard applies as do good Health and Character requirements. The Samoa Quota is a great way for employers to source willing workers and for Samoan citizens to secure a permanent pathway to living in New Zealand.

Pitcairn Islanders.

Residents of Pitcairn Island may be considered for residence on the basis of normal policy including health and character, subject to holding a job offer. This policy was created because there are limited job opportunities on Pitcairn Island.

New Zealand Citizens.

Citizens of Cook Islands and Niue are constitutionally entitled to New Zealand Citizenship. This means citizens of these countries can obtain New Zealand passports with the right to live in New Zealand.

General Comments.

Malcolm Pacific Immigration does not normally offer services in regard to these policies other than by special arrangement. These policies remain on hold until the government reopens them.

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

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16 May 22

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21

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