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Moving to New Zealand
Moving to New Zealand 

Moving to New Zealand

A guide to living and working in New Zealand, and tips for obtaining a visa 

 Living in New Zealand


the capital of New Zealand is Wellington.


The population is 4.8 million (including about 3 million on the North Island and 1 million on the South Island) (January 2021). The population is approximately the same as that of the Republic of Ireland.


 The official language is English and Maori is secondary.


 The currency is in New Zealand dollars (NZ$), and 1 USD is approximately NZ$1.39 (2021).


New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1600 km to the south of Australia. It consists of the northern and southern islands and several smaller islands.


 New Zealand has a very mild maritime climate, often humid, cloudy, and unpredictable, but never extreme in the lowlands. In the alpine regions, temperature changes and climate change are more dramatic.

Working in New Zealand


 Working in New Zealand generally is fine. The minimum wage for adults is $20 neo-z. (April 2021) per hour, with high wages of around $49,000 neo-z. and above the brand.

Wages may seem somewhat lower than Ireland's, but the cost of living is generally cheaper. You can compare costs and know average wages on the Colombia Immigration website.


Employees on vacation are entitled to four weeks of annual leave.

Dress code

Apparel standards in New Zealand offices tend to be less corporate than in Ireland, but you should attend interviews with reasonably formal business clothing.


 If you have an Irish passport, you do not need a visa to enter New Zealand for up to three months, due to a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand. However, you must provide:

travel tickets or proof of the following travel arrangements:

- proof that you can expand on yourself while staying in New Zealand (NZ $1,000 per month/person).

- New Zealand visitors who wish to work temporarily, permanently, or wishing to study must first obtain a visa.

 Visa applications can be made online on the New Zealand Immigration website or on the New Zealand Visa Office website.

 There are also a variety of organizations that can help you get a working holiday visa, such as USIT and BUNAC.

Study visa

 If you are going to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need to apply for a student visa. A student visa gives you the right to be in the country as long as your course lasts and usually allows some time to travel.

 If your course lasts more than one year, you will also be eligible to work part-time, up to 20 hours per week. To apply for a student visa, you will need a study offer from the chosen institution.

Skilled Migrants visa

 New Zealand is looking for individuals with qualifications, skills, and experience to help the country innovate and grow. If you are properly experienced and qualified. 

This option allows you to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently. It is advisable to visit the New Zealand Immigration website for the latest information on skills shortage.

Work to residence visa

 If you work in a highly specialized or “on-demand” field, or if you have outstanding talent in sport, culture, or arts, this entry option can be done to you. It can be used as a step towards obtaining a permanent visa.


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