The immigration regulations of New Zealand are strictly controlled and enforced.
The New Zealand Government policy permits the granting of permanent residence up to 45,000 persons per year under a range of visa classes, allowing both permanent and temporary residence. However it is estimated that up to twice this number apply for immigration to New Zealand every year.

There are a variety of compulsory requirements that each applicant must meet in order to achieve residence in New Zealand which are constantly changing to meet the social and economic needs of the country. Immigration and Visas International (IVI) monitors the latest changes in immigration policy, legislation and procedures in order to ensure that its clients fully benefit from the most up-to-date information on residence visa criteria.
Residence in New Zealand

Under the Immigration Act 1987, every person who wishes to immigrate to New Zealand needs to apply for residence. Residence entitles you to live, study and work indefinitely in New Zealand.
Do you need to Apply for Residence?

Under the Immigration Act 1987, some people do not have to apply for residence to live in New Zealand. They include: New Zealand citizens, who must show a valid New Zealand passport on entering New Zealand;
Australian citizens, who must show a valid Australian passport on entering New Zealand.

Australian permanent residents entering New Zealand with a current Australian resident return visa will be granted a residence permit on arrival. Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are subject to section of the Immigration Act 1987, which relates to good character.
Which Category Applies to You?

Essentially, there are two main ways to immigrate. Either : Permanent New Zealand Visas which entitle a person to remain permanently, OR
Temporary New Zealand Visas which authorize temporary stay, subject to conditions.

Immigration and Visas Int’l Capabilities and Your Next Step:

No matter what type of visa you seek, it is important to determine on the facts of your particular case the category of visa you should apply for. Each category has special rules which apply, all of which must be satisfied before a visa can be granted.

We have set out a brief description of some of the visas available. Visa conditions and types of visas are constantly changed and added to. It is important that you provide as much history as possible in relation to your case in order that we can assist in working out the proper visa class for your application. Based on the facts of your particular case the factors we will take into account include: The likelihood of success of your application.
The cost of your application.
The time for processing your application.
Any special restrictions on your application and temporary entry options.