Visas and Immigration

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) handles all applications for visas. Immigration New Zealand

You may initially choose to apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, and then apply for a Residence Visa later on or you may choose to apply for a Residence Visa in the first instance. In general, the application/process time for a Talent Visa is approximately 3 – 6 months and Residents Visa approximately 12 months. Visa processing times.

The University will do what we can to support you with your visa application, however by law we are unable to give you immigration advice. If you require immigration advice or assistance, you may choose to engage a licensed Immigration Adviser at your own cost.

Meeting immigration requirements can take time, so we suggest that you visit the New Zealand Immigration website as soon as possible to identify the relevant pathway and submit an online application. 

There may be restrictions on your ability to purchase property in New Zealand, depending on your visa and circumstances. If it is your intention to purchase property in New Zealand, we recommend you first seek advice from a licensed Immigration Adviser or a New Zealand Lawyer to find out whether you will be able to do so as a non-New Zealand resident or non-New Zealand citizen.

As UC is an accredited employer with INZ, you can apply for a Talent Work to Residence Visa once you have received your offer of full time employment from us. To be eligible for this visa, you must earn a minimum of $79,560; be 55 years or younger; and meet other health and immigration criteria. A Talent Visa has a duration of 30 months however, after 24 months you can apply for a resident’s visa. You cannot include a partner or dependent children in your talent work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

Please find more information on Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa on the Immigration New Zealand website. 

People who have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth can apply for this visa. This visa enables you to stay in New Zealand indefinitely. To start the process you will be required to send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to INZ detailing your employment in NZ, work experience and qualifications. This visa utilises a points based system and you are required to be 55 years of age or younger. You can include your partner and children (children under 24 years) in this application.

Please find more information on all options of Residence Visas on the Immigration New Zealand website. 

If you require assistance and/or advice obtaining a visa, please visit this link