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|NEW ZEALAND is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some 1,500 kilometers east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly 1,000 kilometers south of the Pacific Island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Due to its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, many of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and introduced mammals. With a mild maritime climate, the land was mostly covered in forest. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the uplift of land and volcanic eruptions caused by the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates clashing underfoot.|
The majority of New Zealand's population is European descent; the indegenous Maori are the largest minority, followed by Asian and non-Maori Polynesians. English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages, with English predominant. Much of New Zealand's culture is derived from Maori and early British settlers. Early European art was dominated by landscapes and to a lesser extent portraits of Maori. A recent resurgence of Maori culture has seen their traditional arts of carving, weaving, and tattooing become more mainstream.
New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes; these have less autonomy than the country's long defunct provinces did. Nationally, executive political power exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General. The Queen's Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau; the Cook Islands and Niue; and the Ross Dependency, New Zealand's territorial claim in Antartica. New Zealand is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The last 15 years have seen considerable immigration to New Zealand from Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Japan. These Asian migrants have greatly contributed to the New Zealand economy, particularly in the areas of business and the professions. Most of New Zealand cities now have many Asian restaurants and shops.
The New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) is part of the Department of Labour, a Government department that helps people achieve high-quality working lives in thriving and inclusive communities through connecting their social and economic interests.
NEW ZEALAND GENERAL SKILLS IMMIGRATION VISA
To be able to pass or be considered under this category, you need to be not older than 55 years old, in good health, and have reasonable standard of English. You also need to meet the threshold of 100 points to register an Expression of Interest. The points sytem is designed to allow Expression of Interest to be ranked so that the New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) can extend invitations to apply for residence to those who have the most to offer New Zealand. Points are available for skilled employment in New Zealand, work experience, qualifications and age. There are plus points or bonus points available for employment, work experience and qualifications in identified areas of growth or absolute skill shortage or within identifies clusters.
NZIS will assess your application for residence against Government residence policy and look at your ability to settle successfully and make a real contribution to New Zealand's social and economic development. NZIS will undertake further verification of some of the information you have provided in your Expression of Interest. Depending on how you are able to demonstrate your ability to settle in New Zealand successfully, your application can be provided with a residence visa or permit which enables you to move from work to residence. It is for you to decide whether you confirm the decision to come to New Zeland.
NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS IMMIGRATION VISA
There are four (4) business catergories:
1. Investor Category
2. Entrepreneur Category
3. Long Term Business Visa
4. Employees of Relocating Businesses
NEW ZEALAND FAMILY IMMIGRATION VISAS
The objective of Family Category Policy is to strengthen families and communities, while reinforcing the Government's overall objectives in immigration policy.
You are eligible to apply only if you have genuine and stable marriage or de facto relationship (whether heterosexual or same sex) with a New Zealand citizen or resident who sponsor their application or have immediate family members who are New Zealand citizens or residents and who live permanently in New Zeland and are the dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residents.
Family Quota Category - the Family Quota Category is available to those applicants who are not eligible for residence under any category of residence policy and who are sponsored by a family member who is a New Zealand citizen or resident living permanently in New Zealand and whose sponsor's registration is drawn from the pool who have registered as sponsor's under the Family Quota Category. (The quota size/numbers are announced each year).
NEW ZEALAND VISIT VISA
In some cases, you may not need to apply for a Visitor Visa to travel to New Zealand.
You will not need a Tourist Visa if you are:
A New Zealand citizen or you hold a New Zealand Residence Permit;
An Australian citizen, or Australian resident who holds a current permanent Resident Return Visa (temporary or provisional Resident Return Visa holders will need a visa to enter New Zealand);
A British citizen or a traveller holding a British passport who has the right to live in the United Kingdom (eligible for a Visitor's Permit for up to 6 months); or
Visiting New Zealand for no more than 3 months and you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand.
If you do not qualify as one of the above, and you wish to travel to New Zealand, you will need to obtain a Visitor's Visa. This is a multiple-entry visa valid for a maximum of 9 months within an 18 month period.
Travel to New Zealand as a visitor must be to:
Visit as a tourist, see friends and relatives;
Study (one course of up to 3 months);
Play sport or perform in cultural events without pay;
Undertake a business trip; or
Undertake medical treatment.
You must also:
Have a passport that's valid for at least 3 months past the date you are to leave New Zealand;
Be a genuine tourist, and can show evidence of your intention to leave; and
Provide proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
Business people travelling to New Zealand for less than 3 months may enter the country as a tourist, however, if they need to stay longer or plan to work in this time they will need to apply for a Work Visa and Permit.