How to find the best Wellington immigration adviser for getting an NZ visa

New Zealand has always been a desirable place to live, but in recent times – namely the Covid-19 crisis – its popularity has skyrocketed.  So if you’re thinking about migrating to the land of All Blacks, Maori culture and kiwis, you need to give it your best shot by working with an experienced licensed immigration adviser.

New Zealand’s biggest and most experienced immigration advice firms are generally found in Auckland and Wellington. There are also immigration advice companies based in some of New Zealand’s provincial cities.

For the purposes of this article, we are focusing on finding the best licensed immigration adviser for your needs in Wellington. One of the main reasons for picking a Wellington adviser is if you plan to live and work in New Zealand’s capital. Your Wellington immigration adviser can help you to get the visa you need, then provide ongoing service when and if required.

Five things to love about Wellington, New Zealand’s political and cultural capital

  1. Theatres: Wellington has several highly accomplished professional and amateur theatre companies. On almost any night of the week, you can enjoy comedy, drama and alternative productions.

  2. Amazing museums: Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand, is the magnificent museum on Wellington’s waterfront. The Museum of Wellington City & Sea is another place to soak up some knowledge.

  3. The seat of power: As the political heart of New Zealand, Wellington has all the trappings of a capital city. You can visit the Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House, the Victorian Gothic Parliamentary Library and the unique 1970s style Beehive building.

  4. Scenic high points: Mount Victoria, which overlooks Oriental Bay, is a top spot for appreciating the beauty of Wellington Harbour. Or your family can catch the historic cable car up to Kelburn – it’s a great ride and the city scenery is superb.

  5. Urban culture: Excellent shopping, dining and late night entertainment can be found in abundance around the compact CBD. Great coffee is another Wellington plus – the city has several roasting companies.

First steps for applying for a residence visa

The type of visa that’s best for you depends on your goals for a life in Wellington. You might want to study, work, live permanently or start a business. Before you choose a pathway for moving to New Zealand, it’s smart to make contact with a Wellington immigration adviser who can help you select the most appropriate type of visa.

The initial appointment with an adviser should be free of charge, but don’t assume this will be the case. Visit the websites for Wellington immigration advice firms and check that you can have an obligation-free no-charge consultation before you commit to a specific adviser.

A quick introduction to visa types

There are many types of visas for living and working in New Zealand. Here are just a few:

  • Skilled migrant resident visa – suitable for people who have skills, experience and qualifications

  • Partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident visa – suitable if you have a permanent long term relationship (partner or spouse) with a New Zealand citizen or resident

  • Long-term skill shortage visa – suitable if you meet the criteria on NZ’s skill shortage list

  • Parent retirement resident visa – suitable if you have an adult child who is an NZ citizen or resident

  • Talent visa – suitable if you have specific skills or expertise and have been offered full-time work by an NZ employer

  • Investor resident visa – suitable if you are an experienced business person with at least $3 million in available funds or assets

  • Entrepreneur resident visa – suitable if you have been running your own business in New Zealand

  • Permanent resident visa – suitable if you’ve been living in NZ for two years or more

  • Investor 1 resident visa – suitable if you have NZ $10 million to invest over three years

  • Talent arts, culture or sports visa – suitable if you have exceptional talent plus the support of a relevant NZ organisation

  • Entrepreneur work visa – suitable if you want to start your own business in New Zealand

Good decisions require careful consideration

As you can see, there are many forms of visa for working and living in New Zealand. Covid has restricted some visa processing so not all pathways are open right now. The list above is not complete by any means and it can take an expert to help you make the best choice. Read the latest news about NZ work visas.

If your English is limited, a respected firm of immigration consultants should have people who speak your language. Aim to find someone who knows every type of visa, can communicate clearly with you and has a track record of success. Online profiles for consultants can help you to make a choice that feels right for you.

Note: This article is about Immigration Policy but is not a description of policy. Seek expert advice to assess and receive specific advice on personal situations before lodging a visa application.