The New Zealand government annually offers two significant immigration opportunities to Pacific island residents: the Samoan Quota and the Pacific Access Category.
These programs, operating via an annual ballot, are ready for the 2023 registration season starting 1 August.
New Zealand has a longstanding tradition of welcoming residents from the Pacific through these two schemes. Let's delve into what these categories mean and how they work.
This program provides an opportunity for Samoan citizens to secure permanent residency in New Zealand. Annually, up to 1650 Samoan citizens are selected by ballot for this visa.
The Pacific Access Category targets citizens of Tonga, Fiji, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Each year, up to 500 Tongan and Fijian citizens, along with 150 Kiribati and Tuvaluan citizens, can secure permanent residency through this category.
Whether you're interested in the Samoan Quota or the Pacific Access Category, registration is a simple online process. Read on for key registration details.
To help make your registration process smoother, the immigration department has provided online guides in various languages, including English and Samoan for the Samoan Quota, and several Pacific languages for the Pacific Access Category.
The 2023 Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category registrations open at 08:00 New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) on 1 August. Hurry, as the opportunity to register ends on 31 August 2023 at 17:00 NZST.
Remember, a chance to secure permanent residency in New Zealand could be just a ballot away. Don't miss this opportunity!