New Zealand's natural beauty, picturesque nature and high quality of living make it a tempting choice for Brits looking to emigrate. Fortunately for us, it's a country that's desperate for skilled workers; therefore, starting a new life there need-not be a pipe dream. 

Types of Visa

New Zealand offers British citizens under the age of 30 the chance to apply for a working visa for up to two years; and residency for up to five years to those deemed “skilled migrants.” Without a visa, British citizens are only allowed to stay in the country for a maximum of six months. 

There are two primary types of working visa that Brits can apply for; the essential skills visa, which is targeted at highly qualified workers aged 55 or under who can fill labour shortages; and the working holiday visa for under-30s. 

In most circumstances the essential skills visa is awarded for three years; however, if the job or profession is in particularly high demand, this could be extended to five years. Those applying for jobs that are not considered essential skills are only granted a one year visa, while a working holiday visa lasts for 23 months. 

Retiring to New Zealand

There are two ways to get a visa if you want to retire to New Zealand. The first is to apply under the parent category if you have a child currently living there; and the second is to apply as an investor. In order to qualify for investor status you must be willing to invest at least $750,000 in New Zealand over a two year period, and have at least $500,000 in funds to live on in addition to an income of $60,000 per year. 

British migrants can draw a UK state pension; however, annual increases will be frozen at the rate on the day of moving. Those who qualify for the New Zealand state pension will have the total amount of their UK pension deducted from their payout. 

Life in New Zealand

There are currently over 50,000 Brits living in New Zealand in retirement. The country is a firm favorite for those looking for a change. While we share many of the same cultural traditions, the country is less crowded, greener, and known for being a healthy and safe place to live. With it's world class education system and outdoors lifestyle, it's also perfect for children. 

While Australia may hold the top spot as the most desirable place to live for expatiates, New Zealand is creeping up the ladder, boasting a 30 percent increase in moving enquires during recent years. While it has always been considered a great tourist destination, more and more Brits are choosing to pack their bags and relocate there for good. 

If you are interested in moving to New Zealand and want to know more about the process, visit Here you will find detailed breakdowns of the requirements, along with expert guidance on how to succeed with your application request.