• Provision of an initial Visa assessment report to review you and your circumstances and advise which visas you could apply for, what you need to do to be able to make a successful application, and what things you need to consider. We charge a fee for undertaking this Visa Assessment which covers a formal written report and a follow up phone/SKYPE consultation.

  • Facilitate building the best strategy to make your dream of living and working in New Zealand a reality.  BritsNZ Ltd really do offer a one-stop-shop covering all aspects of emigrating to New Zealand.

  • We will do our utmost to ensure that all your concerns are met and dealt with in a timely, professional and courteous manner. Remember we too have walked this emigration road and know what you will be facing.


The New Zealand Government decided some time ago that it wished to regulate the way in which immigration advice is given.  As such it is a legal requirement for people giving advice to be licensed through the Immigration Advisers Authority [IAA]. Alexandra Cole is fully licensed to give advice across the whole range of visas available for entry into NZ as well as being able to give guidance and advice to anyone facing visa issues and who may be 'illegally' in New Zealand.



If you have had a visa allowing you to visit or live in New Zealand but your situation has changed, your visa has run out or you are otherwise currently living unlawfully in New Zealand, we can help. We can assess whether you are eligible to apply to regain your lawful status within New Zealand under Section 61 of the Immigration Act, 2009. Contact us directly if this is your situation.

Download the New Zealand Licensed Immigration Advisers Professional Standards to read over the professional code of conduct you can expect from licensed advisors.


If you intend to stay temporarily in New Zealand the kind of visa you will be able to obtain depends on what you want to do whilst you are here .i.e. work, study, holiday. In order to fully advise you please it is best to let  us know your plans by completing our visa assessment form.

In order to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements you will need to meet certain requirements of your particular visa category.

Temporary visa categories are:

Visitor or Holiday Visas
Working Holiday Visas
Work Visas
Student Visas

Have a read of the Immigration Policy  changes due and what it may mean to you as a migrant 




If you are interested in applying to live permanently in New Zealand, we advise you to complete our visa assessment to see which visa category you might qualify for.

In order to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements you will need to meet certain health, character and English standards as well as meeting the requirements of your particular visa category.

Residence visa categories are:

New 2021 Residency Visa

Skilled Migrant Category
Work to Residence
Family Category Visas

Business and Investors



 Louise @ Auckland (JANUARY 2022)

Alex has been an invaluable support through this journey, her knowledge and experience have helped us speedily and smoothly navigate this process. More than that, Alex has taken all the stress out of it for us, communicated brilliantly and kept us informed along the way of progress. We have been impressed by her professionalism and wholeheartedly recommend her.


Thanks for everything!


temporary visas


From 1 October 2019, you will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or an NZeTA.

Things to note

  • From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you must hold an NZeTA before you travel.

  • Allow up to 72 hours for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes.

  • An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.

  • You pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZeTA. This costs NZD $35.

visit / holiday visa

You may need to apply for a visitor visa prior to arriving into New Zealand if you intend to stay temporarily in New Zealand, but do not intend to study or work.  In order to find out if you do and what requirements you need to meet by completing our visa assessment.  Some countries have been granted an exemption to getting a visa prior to travel as these will be issued on arrival into NZ – for a list of those countries follow this link: Visa Waived Countries.

working holiday visa

​New Zealand will allow people from various countries to come to the country on a Working Holiday Visa.  Contact us to find out whether you can have such a visa, what you need to do to get this visa and what it will allow you to do once in New Zealand. 

work visa

​If you have decided to come to New Zealand to work temporarily, you will probably need to apply for a work visa. To find out if you do and what requirements you need to meet by completing our visa assessment.

study visa

Everyone who comes to study in New Zealand from overseas must meet certain rules and requirements. If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa. Complete our  visa assessment to find out whether you need a visa, whether you'll qualify and what a student visa will allow you to do.

Helen lindley uk to taranaki (july 2020)

I can not thank Alex enough for her work and support through the process of becoming a resident here in New Zealand. It is a daunting task looking at it on your own but Alex felt more like a friend to my partner and I and was incredibly welcoming. She completely took away the worries of all the paperwork and made the whole process much easier for us. She kept in contact and let us know the status of everything as we moved through the steps and gave clear direction on the information she needed to complete the process. I would highly recommend Alex. 

residence visas



The Green List  below  provides a fast-track to Residence:
Construction roles
Engineering roles
Health and Social Services
Primary Industries and Science roles
ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications

Work to Residency(2022)

If you are working in any of the occupations below  and are eligible, you can apply for residence after 2 years working in New Zealand:

Health and Social Services
Teachers Secondary and Primary
Trade roles

More information about these residence pathways will be provided soon.


On 30 September 2021, the Government announced a new one-off residence category, the 2021 Resident Visa.

If you are a work visa holder in New Zealand or a critical purpose visitor visa holder you may be eligible for residence under the new 2021 Resident Visa. Some critical purpose visa holders arriving in New Zealand between 30 September 2021 and 31 July 2022 on long term visas may also be eligible for the new visa.​

Who is eligible?

The basic requirement to be met is that:​

  • you should have been in New Zealand on 29 Sep 2021 on any one of the 'Eligible Visas', or​​

  • you should have applied for an 'Eligible Visa' on or before 29 Sep 2021 which is later granted.​

Once you meet the basic requirement, then, you need to meet one of the three criteria defined by Immigration New Zealand as ‘Settled’, ‘Skilled’ and ‘Scarce’.

'Settled', 'Skilled' & 'Scarce'

To be eligible under the ‘Settled’ criteria, you must:

  • have arrived in New Zealand on or before 29 September 2018, and

  • have spent a minimum of 821 days in New Zealand between 29 September 2018 and 29 September 2021 (inclusive). 

If you need to check how much time you have spent in New Zealand, you can request your travel movements from Immigration New Zealand. 

To be eligible under the ‘Skilled’ criteria, you must be paid the median wage of NZD $27 per hour or above on 29 September 2021.​

To be eligible under the ‘Scarce’ criteria, on 29 September 2021 you must have been working in a job that is on a 'Scarce List'. There are four 'Scarce Lists':​

Jobs on the Long Term Skill Shortage List

Jobs requiring occupational registration in the health or education sector

Personal carer and other critical health workers

Specified primary sector jobs

Eligible Visas

  • Post Study Work Visa

  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

  • Essential Skills Work Visa

  • Religious Worker Work Visa

  • Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa

  • Trafficking Victim Work Visa

  • Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa

  • Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Work Visa

  • Victims of Family Violence Work

  • Visa South Island Contribution Work Visa

  • Work Visa granted under Section 61 (provided the applicant held another eligible visa type within 6 months of being granted a Section 61 visa)

  • Some Critical Purpose Visitor Visas (CPVV):

    • Critical health workers for longer-term roles (6 months or longer), and

    • Other critical workers for long-term roles (more than 6 months).

Application Process

The 2021 Resident visa will be open for applications in two phases, with the first group of people able to apply from 1 December 2021.​​

Phase 1​

From 1 December 2021 you can apply if:​​

  • you have already applied for residence under the Skilled Migrant and Residence from Work categories before 29 September 2021, or​​​

  • you have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest, and have included your dependent child in the Expression of Interest aged 17 years or older on 29 September 2021.​

Phase 2

From 1 March 2022, all other eligible applicants can apply, including all others who have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest.​

The last date to submit these applications is 31 July 2022.​

It is expected the majority of applications will be processed within 12 months, with most being processed much faster.

The principal applicant is the temporary work visa holder applying for the 2021 Resident Visa. Secondary applicants are any partners or dependants included in the application. 

Principal applicants can meet the skilled criteria on one date and the scarce criteria on another and still be eligible.  

Principal applicants must have been in New Zealand or Australia on 29 September 2021, or subsequently granted an eligible Critical Purpose visa. Those in Australia must have left New Zealand between 6 April 2021 and 23 July 2021 (inclusive). All applicants must be in New Zealand to apply. 

Partners and dependent children in New Zealand and overseas can be included in applications as secondary applicants. ​

Dependent children aged 25 and over that were included in a skilled residence or Expression of Interest (EOI) on or before 29 September cannot be included as a dependent child in a 2021 Resident Visa application. However, they can submit their own application as an attached document when they submit their online 2021 Resident Visa application. No additional fee will be charged for the child.  

They can be granted their own 2021 Resident visa if: 

  • they meet standard health and character requirements, and  

  • a parent is granted a 2021 Resident Visa.    

Dependent children overseas who are granted a 2021 Resident Visa are exempt from our border restrictions and may travel to New Zealand. ​

To approve a 2021 Resident Visa for a partner, INZ must be satisfied that the couple have lived together in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more during their relationship. 

INZ will consider the relationship history of couples separated by COVID-19 border restrictions or other factors when assessing applications for partners. 

A partner will not be eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa if they have not met or lived with the principal applicant. Current resident visa requirements apply.


The total cost of the 2021 Resident Visa is NZD$2,160 including GST.   

This includes a NZD$1,330 application fee and NZD$830 immigration levy.  

Applicants will not need to pay another fee when they apply for a 2021 Resident Visa. 

However, once an in-principle decision has been made on the 2021 Resident Visa application, the application fee will need to be paid.   

At this point, for those who choose to withdraw their SMC application, the fee from that application will be used to cover the cost of the 2021 Resident Visa and the difference will be refunded.   

As the RfW and SMC EOI application fees are less than the 2021 Resident Visa application, these applicants who choose to withdraw their earlier application will need to pay the difference in the fees before an application is finalised. 

Those who choose not to withdraw their earlier applications will need to pay the NZD$1330 application fee for the 2021 Resident Visa. This is to cover the cost of processing both applications. ​Those who have paid a levy will not need to pay it again. 

2021 Interim Visa

INZ will grant interim visas of up to 12 months to 2021 Resident Visa applicants awaiting a decision to ensure they remain lawful while their applications are processed.

Key points to note:​

  • The 2021 Interim Visa will have the same rights as the applicant’s current temporary visa.

  • There would be no travel conditions applied to the 2021 interim visa.

  • Applicants on Employer Specific work visas like Essential Skills Work Visa holders would not be able to change their conditions of work, including their employer when they are on the 2021 Interim Visa.

  • Work to Residence visa holders whose visa may be expiring while their 2021 Resident Visa application is being processed and have a pathway to Residence from Work, need to consider being on the 2021 Interim Visa, as their 2021 Interim Visa would not allow them to apply for a Residence from Work application, when they become eligible; and they cannot renew a further Work to Residence Visa in the future as well.

 *skilled migrant

The Skilled Migrant Category is a points based system dependant on factors such as age, qualifications, work experience and an offer of skilled employment. You must be aged 55 or under and meet English language, health and character requirements. Complete our visa assessment to see if you qualify.

The skilled migrant category is split into 2 sections:

  • An Expression of Interest (EOIs) - this is a Pool based system with EOIs being drawn on a fortnightly basis. The EOIs are reviewed and if acceptable you will be

  • Invited to Apply [ITA] for Residency at this point you must prove all the information used on your EOI application as well as having a medical examination and getting Police Checks

Both stages are critical to your successful migration and we strongly advise you allow Alexandra to undertake a Assessment as experience shows that most people who try to do their own visa application will not complete their EOI correctly usually claiming too many points or not linking their qualifications and work experience as required by INZ.

 *Expressions of Interest selections in Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Parent categories are suspended. This decision is being reviewed by INZ.


Complete our visa assessment and allow us to tell you which option you will meet and what you then need to do to be able to apply. 

Pauline @ Auckland (March 2017)

Residency under Partnership Granted, WOW! Alex, you and Mike have been so helpful and supportive to Kereyn and I throughout the process, which has made it very straightforward if not a little time consuming!

It has been an eye opening experience and made my Kiwi friends aware of an immigration system they had never really considered - most of them surprised at the detail required but also very comforted! I have to say it has been intrusive from a personal perspective but the reflection required and need to articulate what our relationship means has been a happy positive experience.

family category visas

A family member who is already a New Zealand citizen or resident can sponsor you to come to New Zealand if you are their:



You are the husband, wife, defacto or civil union partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident. Your partner must be eligible to sponsor you, meaning that they must be able to prove their immigration status and meet certain character requirements. You must also be able to show that you and your New Zealand partner are in a genuine and stable relationship and have been living together in that genuine and stable relationship for at least the last 12 months.

Dependent child

You are a dependent child with a parent who is a New Zealand resident. The parent must be living permanently and lawfully in New Zealand and be able to provide proof of their residency status. You may qualify if you are aged up to 24 years old with no children of your own, single and rely on your parents for financial support.


Parent (currently closed to applications - we're waiting for instructions from NZ Immigration)

You have a child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident. If you are the parent(s) of a New Zealand citizen or resident and they have been a New Zealand resident for at least three years, you may be eligible to join them in New Zealand under the Parent Category. To be eligible under this category you must have no dependent children, you must have all of your adult children permanently living outside the country in which you reside, the eligible child sponsoring you must meet certain minimum income requirements. This category is a two tier scheme requiring an Expression Of Interest under either tier one or tier two of the category. 

Tier one of the Parent Category allows people who are parents of New Zealand residents or citizens, and who have access to sufficient funds, to apply for residence in New Zealand.

  • Applicants under tier one must meet one of the following criteria.

  • Sponsors income

  • Guaranteed lifetime minimum income

  • Settlement funds.


Tier two of the Parent Category allows parents of New Zealand residents or citizens who have no adult children resident in the same country as them to apply for residence in New Zealand.

Applicants under tier two must meet both of the following criteria:

  • minimum income of sponsor, and

  • a location of applicants other children.

Tier One has the first priority and has higher income and financial requirements than tier two. Applications lodged under the previous Family Parent Category take second priority. Tier two EOI and applications are processed only after tier one and applications lodged under the previous instructions have been dealt with.

Parent Retirement 

If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident and you have no dependent children and you are able to nominate funds and/or assets equivalent to at least NZ$1 million for investment funds into New Zealand for four years, have NZ$0.5 million as settlement funds and be able to show an annual income of NZ$60,000 at the time of your application then you may be eligible for this category. There are rules around what constitutes funds/assets and it does include your current house in the UK. This is a technical area and if you feel you might fit this category then please contact us for more details.

N.B. General health and character requirements must be met by all applicants in order for a visa to be issued allowing entrance to New Zealand. Many visa categories have English language requirements. Find out how your English language background may allow you to meet the language requirements for other visa categories and how your family can pre-purchase English language lessons that they'll go to when they arrive in New Zealand.


Complete our visa assessment to see if you qualify.

kirill efremov @ Auckland (March 2017)

I would like to say a very big thank you for all helping me get the visas I needed to stay in NZ. Your support and professionalism gave me a lot of confidence. Right from the outset I was really impressed how professional the preparation and signing of the contract was done.

You also made me feel that I dealt with people focused on the result and you constantly proved your professionalism during this long 2-year journey. All advice I had was very helpful and gave me hope and energy not to give up. Even when I was frustrated and queried what was happening with different aspects you were able to keep calm and just do your job. 


I must also say that I have found that your fee was more than reasonable. I would like to recommend you to anyone who’s looking for professional immigration advice and support.


New Zealand's business migration categories are designed to contribute to economic growth, attracting ‘smart’ capital and business expertise to New Zealand, and enabling experienced business people to buy or establish businesses in New Zealand.


People wishing to invest funds in a business and live in New Zealand can apply for residence under the Investor/Investor Plus Categories.


The Entrepreneur Residence Visa is for experienced business people wishing to purchase or establish a business in New Zealand. They can apply under the New Entrepreneur Work Visa category. This type of work visa is for people wishing to run their own business in New Zealand.


It allows a pathway to apply for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa once people have run their businesses for 2 years (or 6 months if they can meet extra conditions).  Complete our visa assessment to see if you qualify