Pacific Policies – People from many Pacific countries have different entitlements in relation to temporary and residency visas than other countries around the world. This is because of the close relationship that New Zealand has with these nations. One of the schemes available is the Samoan quota. It is for Samoan citizens who have a job offer in New Zealand. You have to be under 45-years-old to qualify. Pitcairn islanders have a similar arrangement in place – they can come to New Zealand if they have a job offer.
New Zealand also gives residency to 650 people from four Pacific countries who wouldn’t qualify for entry by any other method. Allocation is by lottery, and applies to citizens of Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu and Kiribati. Finally, Cook Island and Niue citizens are automatically entitled to New Zealand citizenship.
New Zealand has a close relationship with countries in the Pacific. As a result, there are different arrangements in place if you are from one of these countries. Those arrangements give you different entitlements in relation to temporary and residency visas than other countries around the world.
The visa policy in place for each Pacific country does vary, however. This is where we can help at Professional Visa Solutions. For example, there is a ballot for visas in some countries but not in others. Whatever the policy, we can help you with the paperwork and other processes. This will let you can take advantage of the special arrangements in place between your country and New Zealand.
When you speak to us, you will be speaking to a licensed immigration adviser. That means you will get the best advice, support, and help. Contact us today for more information.
Pacific Access Category Resident Visa and Other Visa Options
- Pacific Access Category Resident Visa – the Pacific Access Category Resident Visa applies if you live in Tonga, Fiji, Tuvalu or Kiribati. It is a lottery where 650 people a year are selected at random to get a permanent resident visa to live in New Zealand.
- Samoan Quota – the Samoan quota applies if you are from Samoa, are 45 or younger, and have a job offer in New Zealand. If more people apply for this visa than there are spaces available, the visas are allocated by ballot.
- Pitcairn Islander Resident Visa – so long as you have a job offer for skilled employment and you are a Pitcairn Island resident, you can get this visa.
- Cook Island and Niue – if you are from Cook Island or Niue, you are automatically entitled to New Zealand citizenship.
- Australia Resident Visa – if you are from Australia and want to move permanently to New Zealand, this is often the best visa option to choose.
Requirements for Pacific Country Visas
There are some requirements that apply in addition to those outlined above. Generally, however, they are requirements that apply to all types of New Zealand visa. This includes being of good character and being in a good state of health.
In addition, you usually have to be a permanent resident or citizen of the country listed above. For example, if you are a temporary resident of Australia you can’t apply for the Australia Resident Visa.
We’re Here to Help
The process of getting a residence visa if you come from a Pacific country is different than if you come from other countries around the world. As a result, you need advice from immigration advisers who have direct experience of these types of visa. When you come to us, you’ll get that advice.
Our team has dealt with all the visa categories mentioned above so you’ll get the most up-to-date support and practical help. This includes ensuring all the required documentation is inplace so your visa doesn’t get held up and making sure you go through the right process to bring your partner and dependent children with you.
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