Your specialist New Zealand
immigration lawyers

How we help with immigration…

Step 1: Click on the appropriate tab below to get immigration advice.
Step 2: Fill in the contact form to receive your free 30-minute consultation.

I want to work in New Zealand

We know what’s required to obtain a work visa so you can work here without breaching any New Zealand immigration laws.

We are not able to assist you with finding work. There are a number of recruitment specialists in New Zealand that may be able to assist you in this regard depending on your skills and qualifications. You can also use online websites advertising job vacancies.

Employers can be reluctant to offer someone a position if they cannot start work for an extended period (for example whilst a visa application is being processed) especially when there is no guarantee the employee will be granted a visa.

Once you have found an employer who is offering you a job

Once you have found an employer who would like to employ you, our team of Immigration Specialists, can work with you and your new employer on submitting a suitable work visa application to Immigration New Zealand in the required format.

There are a number of work visas that can be applied for depending on your circumstances, including:

  • Essential Skills
  • Long Term Skills Shortage List
  • Post-Study Work Visa – Open
  • Post-Study Work Visa – Emplioyer Assisted
  • Talent (Accredited Employer)

Already working in New Zealand and would like another work visa

If you are currently employed in New Zealand, your employer may be able to sponsor you for an Essential Skills Work Visa. The most important thing is for the employer to demonstrate that no New Zealanders are available to take the position. This is primarily done in two ways – either that the position is on the skills shortage list, or if they can provide evidence that they have made genuine attempts to recruit New Zealanders but have been unsuccessful.

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Tell us about yourself and your plans for New Zealand and we will let you know what options you may have in a FREE 30 MINUTE CONSULTATION (via phone or email or Skype).

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I want to start a business or invest in New Zealand

We can help with advising on all the relevant immigration requirements to ensure this can happen.

Investment and business visas

If you have capital and the right skills, New Zealand can offer you dedicated investor and business visas that open up opportunities for you to settle, or at least spend considerable time here, enjoying all our beautiful country has to offer.

Entrepreneur visas

You can apply for an Entrepreneur visa if you plan to purchase or establish a business.

New Zealand wants to attract capital to our economy. Investor migrants can enjoy the New Zealand lifestyle without having to work and will get New Zealand residency without waiting time.

There are safe and easy to understand investment options in New Zealand. You have a choice of how and where you invest your funds in New Zealand. New Zealand`s political stability ensures that your investment is secure.

There are a number of visa options available for investors and entrepreneurs:

Investor 1 Category, Investor 2 Category, Parent Retirement Category and Temporary Retirement Category.

While Entrepreneur Work and Entrepreneur Residence Visas also require considerable investments, they are primarily based on establishing and running a business in New Zealand and are covered by a separate visa policy.

Will you qualify for an Investor Visa?

Different levels of investments are required for different investor visa types:

  • Investor 1 Category: NZD$10 million
  • Investor 2 Category: NZD$3 million investment
  • Parent Retirement Category: NZD$1.0 million investment + NZD$0.5 million settlement funds, plus family and annual income requirements
  • Temporary Retirement Category: NZD$0.75 million investment + NZD$0.5 million settlement funds, plus family and annual income requirements

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I already live in New Zealand and want residency

To become a resident of New Zealand, you need to meet the requirements of at least one residence category, for example:

  • Family
  • Skilled Migrant
  • Investor
  • Entrepreneur

Each route to residency has its own requirements and forms.

Wherever you live in New Zealand, we have the expertise to help you navigate the confusing path to residency.


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I want to immigrate to New Zealand

New Zealand has different types of visas, depending on how long you want to stay. We know all the legal processes required, the timeline and costs involved, so we can guide you and make this move as smooth as possible.
If you want to stay long-term and start a new life in New Zealand you will need a resident visa. If you only want to stay in New Zealand for a limited time, a temporary visa will be right for you.

Examples of Permanent Resident Visas

  • Skilled Migrant Category
  • Entrepreneur Visa
  • Investor Visa
  • Parent Retirement Category
  • Residence from Work
  • Employee of a Relocating Business

Examples of Temporary Visas

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Work to Residence Visa
  • Partnership Work Visa
  • Temporary Retirement Visas

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I need help with another type of issue

Get in touch with us we can assist with a range of other matters (anything from NZ citizenship to variations of visa conditions or appeals to Immigration and Protection Tribunal or assistance with responding to correspondence from Immigration NZ)


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Mike McMellon – Immigration Lawyer

Moving to a new country is an exciting prospect and a major life decision. There is a lot to think about, and the move means plenty of planning and confusing decisions. Too many people misunderstand paperwork and policies, and they never get their visa approved. An Immigration lawyer can help.

At Pitt & Moore, Mike McMellon leads our team of highly experienced immigration lawyers. Mike believes that those wanting to contribute to New Zealand should be able to negotiate the minefield of immigration with the least possible stress with the right advisors.