New Zealand Immigration Application Process

Routes Used to Immigrate to New Zealand

If you are considering immigrating to New Zealand, but don’t know where to start, then this article is for you. The basic New Zealand Immigration application process is outlined here with links to all the relevant places on the Immigration New Zealand website.


Please note that this information was gathered from information available on the Immigration New Zealand website. It is summarised here for your information only, SA Going To NZ does not claim to have any knowledge of the immigration process and as such this article is not immigration advice. It is up to you to decide which immigration option is best for you. Although this information is valid at the time of writing, it is important to ensure that it is still so by visiting the INZ site and checking for yourself.
You can do that on the Immigration New Zealand website HERE
You can also chat to a licensed immigration agent via our Ask an Agent Service

Throughout the article links have been added to relevant sections on the New Zealand Immigration Service’s website / or other websites so keep an eye out for this icon : . By clicking on it you will be taken to the relevant link.

What are the New Zealand Immigration Application Process options?

New Zealand has a few different ways for you to immigrate here. We will only highlight the options that are of interest to South Africans here.

The available categories are :

a) Skilled Migrant
b) Business and Investment
c) Family

Let’s look at them in more detail :


We have compiled a bunch of checklists for you which should help during your application process:



There are many forms to fill in during the immigration process. To save you a heap of time you will find most of the forms you need along with the links to the relevant websites in the link below:

Forms Required During the Immigration Process