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New Zealand Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

New Zealand Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if New Zealand will accept me?
To apply for New Zealand residence, you must submit an expression of interest first. New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) operate a points system whereby you must meet the minimum points requirement to be able to submit your expression. You can do a self-assessment on the NZIS website by clicking HERE.

How much money do I need?
As of December 2003, under the new immigration system, you do not need any specific amount to take with you. It is always a good idea to take enough money to afford to live for at least 3 months to get you on your feet. This doesn’t take in to consideration that you may well need to replace furniture you have left behind. Do your research and find out how much rent will be in the area you are looking to move to. Take in to consideration that the vast majority of rental properties come unfurnished, then do your maths!

Can I take my pet?
The only animals allowed in to New Zealand are cats and dogs. Depending on your country, you will have to give them a sequence of injections before shipping them. Also dependent on country of origin, animals may have to be kept in quarantine for a period of time. This can be expensive, costing up to and over $1000 NZ Dollars, depending on length of stay. You can get more information at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Can I retire to New Zealand?
Really speaking, no. There is very little scope for people who wish to retire to New Zealand. There are no visa categories set up for people wishing to retire to New Zealand and there is very little mention of retirement in any Immigration documentation. New Zealand Immigration is very much geared towards skilled migrants / business people looking to work or start a business to aid the New Zealand economy.

I have another question!
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