New Zealand is a country that welcomes immigrants and offers a range of opportunities for those looking to build a new life in the country. Some of the opportunities available for immigrants in New Zealand are:

Job opportunities: New Zealand has a strong economy and a low unemployment rate, which means that there are plenty of job opportunities available in various sectors, including healthcare, construction, agriculture, tourism, and IT.

Education and training: New Zealand has a high-quality education system that is internationally recognized. Immigrants can take advantage of the many educational and training opportunities available to improve their skills and qualifications.

Business and entrepreneurship: New Zealand has a supportive business environment and offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses.

Lifestyle and culture: New Zealand is known for its stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and vibrant culture. Immigrants can enjoy a high standard of living and a diverse range of cultural experiences.

Permanent residency and citizenship: Immigrants who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship in New Zealand.

Overall, New Zealand offers a welcoming environment and a range of opportunities for immigrants to build a successful life in the country.


There are several types of visas that allow individuals to enter and stay in New Zealand. Some of the most common types of visas are:

Visitor Visa: This visa allows individuals to visit New Zealand for tourism or business purposes for up to 9 months.

Work Visa: This visa allows individuals to work in New Zealand for a specific employer and job for up to 3 years.

Student Visa: This visa allows individuals to study in New Zealand for up to 4 years, depending on the duration of their course.

Resident Visa: This visa allows individuals to live and work in New Zealand permanently.

Partner Visa: This visa allows individuals to join their New Zealand citizen or resident partner to live and work in New Zealand.

Parent Retirement Visa: This visa allows individuals to retire in New Zealand if they have a child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Entrepreneur Visa: This visa allows individuals to start and operate their own business in New Zealand.

It is important to note that each visa category has its own specific requirements and eligibility criteria.


The Recovery Visa (a Specific Purpose Work Visa) allows employers to sponsor experts such as engineers, technicians, and insurance assessors to come to New Zealand.

Cyclone Gabrielle and other extreme weather events have devastated many communities and businesses in the North Island area of New Zealans. The Recovery Visa (a Specific Purpose Work Visa) is for migrant workers who are assisting with the recovery.

Migrants can apply now through the Specific Purpose Work visa.

Roles covered by this visa

The visa is for migrant workers coming to New Zealand for a short time (up to 6 months) to do a job that supports the North Island recovery from extreme weather events in January and February 2023.

This support can include:

  • providing emergency response

  • immediate clean-up

  • assessing risk or loss

  • infrastructure, building and housing stabilization and/or repair (including planning functions)

  • work that directly supports the recovery (e.g. producing relevant materials for road rebuild, transport drivers etc).

Employers must confirm that the role supports the North Island recovery from extreme weather events by completing a Recovery Visa Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377). Migrants must include the completed form with their application.

This visa is not available to industries providing indirect support (e.g. businesses in the affected areas facing an increased demand for services) or to backfill vacancies of people leaving roles to work on the recovery.

These employers will be able to access labor through other visas such as the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). Changes are being considered to the AEWV to support faster processing for identified roles that will support the recovery and rebuild. These roles will be exempt from the labor market test.

The Recovery Visa is not limited to roles in the North Island region only, recognising that some direct support industries will be South Island-based. Employers do not have to be accredited.

Steps in Applying for the Recovery Visa

  1. Employer finds migrant workers who meet the requirements in assisting with the recovery.

  1. Employer downloads and completes the Recovery Visa - Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377) and provides it to the migrant.

  1. Migrant worker completes a Specific Purpose Work visa application.

During the online application, they must:

  • select 'Specific Purpose or Event' as the type of work visa they are applying for.

  • select 'Recovery Visa' as the type of specific purpose or event they are coming to New Zealand for.

  • select '6 months or less' as the length of stay in New Zealand.

  • upload the Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377) as the 'Evidence required for your Special Purpose or Event work visa' in the 'Upload Documents' section.

  1. Immigration New Zealand processes the application and provides the applicant with a decision.

We aim to process applications for the Recovery Visa within a week or less.

The NZD $700 fee will be refunded automatically for successful applicants. Refunds are expected to take 15 to 25 days to process, depending on demand for the new visa. Once the refund has been processed, confirmation will be provided via the email address listed as the contact in the application.

For further guide on the New Zealand Immigration and The Recovery Visa, please check the below links

New Zealand Immigration Page

Recovery Visa - Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1377)

Specific Purpose Work Visa

New Zealand Job Portal

New Zealand Job Portal 2


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  1. Hello Amy, good day n thank you for the good job you are doing. Pls I am interested in working with you. I am into visas too but I will like to work with you personally. I wish there's a way I can reach you outside here. May be you should DM me on Facebook at Amaka Stephen Ogidi.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  2. Good morning Amy, pls I would like to know more about NZ recovery visa, kindly dm me here or on fb @pholla B Queen

  3. Hello thanks another fr all the informations, I reside in south korea, I have been looking for possible mess to apply, pls can b of help to quite me,if u re on whats app, let me know, so we can chart to know more.thanks fr understanding.

  4. Please how can I apply, am a Nigerian who live in the Gambia

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