Immigration Policy


New Zealand has a very clearly defined immigration policy which makes allowances for skilled migrants, family reunion and investors, to name the major ones. This has been more streamlined over the years making it far more transparent, enabling the country to attract the quality migrants it requires.

English being one of the official languages of South Africa is an important factor when making an application to emigrate. It is far easier for South Africans to qualify and obtain employment as English is New Zealand’s official first language.

Such a young country like New Zealand actively recruits quality migrants who will make a sound contribution to its economy in various ways. South Africans make up a large portion of the migrant applications processed each year, in general offering the very necessary skills the country requires.

South African lifestyle, cultural background and willingness to integrate into New Zealand society make this transition a far easier one than moving to some countries in the northern hemisphere.

It is a sad fact that South Africa’s loss is New Zealand’s gain as we see how many well educated, quality migrants depart each year to make a new life in New Zealand.

As New Zealand has a population of just under five million people it has the ability, with a clear cut and well-run immigration system, to attract the best to its shores.

With thirty five years of collective experience Sharon and Sanj are well aware of the complexity and often inflexibility of immigration policy, this makes it imperative for prospective migrants to obtain the correct advice from a licensed adviser, who will not only complete the entire process but also ensure that residence of New Zealand is secured.

Documentation must be complete, accurate and correct at all times to avoid delays, this is the area in which most migrants fail. The high failure rate of those attempting the process without a licensed adviser proves not only stressful but extremely costly. The cost of migration today is a significant investment, using New Zealand Migrations Services ensures a positive result and security in that investment.

The main categories are Skilled Migrant, Investor, Family Reunion, and Temporary Visas which include work, visitor and student visas. The largest category by far is the Skilled Migrant Category which works on a points system. A selection takes place fortnightly.


For those who wish to find out in advance whether they qualify under the skilled migrant category (the largest immigration category), simply complete the POINTS PRE ASSESSMENT in the “Do I Qualify” chapter on our home page, You will be pre-qualified by one of our licensed advisors.

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In order to find employment or claim points under the Skilled Migrant Policy, some professions will require registration. For example, it is compulsory for all teachers wishing to teach in government schools in New Zealand to be registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council. We will advise which professions require registration on seeing a client’s occupation.


This was established by the Ministry of Education to coordinate an accessible and flexible qualification system that meets New Zealand and internationally recognized standards. It manages the accreditation and approval of both nationally and internationally recognized courses.

If your qualification is not listed in the operations manual it will need assessment, we do this for all clients. However, some profession are not listed and require assessment this is the case for all teacher.