• 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. Should you get a positive report and then opt to use BritsNZ to assist you with gaining your visa(s) we will off-set the assessment fee received against our Visa fees.

  • 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:

Skilled Migrant Category
Work to Residence
Family Category Visas

Business and Investors



 Ian @ Kerikeri (May 2017)

After making the decision to apply for a visa to New Zealand, the next thing to do was choose from the many immigration companies. 

From the very first phone call, both Alex and Mike were courteous, funny, helpful and most importantly professional. After advising me what was required, getting me the correct forms to fill in, sign, telling me what, why, when and where, the forms were submitted and lo and behold after a short wait the call came from Alex, "visa granted".

My partner and I cannot thank them enough for all the effort they put in to help me get my visa. If YOU are thinking of applying to come here you would not go wrong in getting BritsNZ to help guide you through the process.

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

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.

work to residence

For people who:

  • are qualified in occupations that are in demand in New Zealand OR

  • have a job offer from an accredited employer* OR

  • have exceptional talent in sports or the arts.

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. 

follow this link for a list of accredited employers.

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