This website is provided by Immigration New Zealand which is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), a New Zealand Government department. MBIE’s primary role to be a catalyst for a high-performing economy to ensure New Zealand’s lasting prosperity and wellbeing.


Material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material may be reproduced free of charge in any format or media without requiring specific permission, subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context. Where the material is being published or issued to others, the source and copyright status must be acknowledged. The original source of the material is accessible by hyperlink at the location of reference to such material on this website

The permission to reproduce Crown copyright protected material does not extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to produce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned. Please refer to the applicable licence for information about using and copying material that is subject to a ‘creative commons’ licence.

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Automatic collection of information

We use site statistics to improve the information on this site and create relevant content. This information includes:

  • users’ IP addresses
  • users’ search terms
  • pages accessed on the site
  • links that are clicked on
  • date and time of site visits
  • previous sites visited
  • users’ operating systems
  • browsers used to access the site.

This information is viewable by site administrators and certain other Ministry staff. It may also be shared with other government agencies.

Google may also collect some or all of this information when javascript is turned on in your Internet browser. This is due to the site using a portion of the Google public index for its search functionality. Google’s use of such information is addressed in its Privacy Policy.

We will not disclose your personal data to other agencies, stakeholders or third-parties, without your consent.


This Site generates both persistent and temporary cookies.

Some cookies may collect personal information you may decide to disclose by providing identifying information within the search terms you enter into the site or when completing one of the online registration forms.

The Site generates temporary cookies to monitor site usage and to maintain site presentation for those who wish to use the Site’s high contrast view.

If you prefer not to use cookies, you can still use the site. To find out how to disable cookies, check the Help instructions in your web browser.


We have implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control.  All our employees who have access to personal data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of our online visitors’ personal data.

Access to the personal data we may hold about you

For those who have supplied their personal contact information, you have the right to access and to request correction of any of your personal information provided to us in connection with your use of this Site. If you would like to see the personal information relating to you that we have stored, or to request correction of such personal information, or if you have any concerns regarding your privacy, please contact us at We may require proof of your identity before being able to provide you with any personal information.

If you are not satisfied with our response to any privacy-related concern you may have, you can contact the Privacy Commissioner:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner
PO Box 10-094
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64-4-474 7590
Enquiries Line (from Auckland): 302 8655
Enquiries Line (from outside Auckland): 0800 803 909
Fax: +64-4-474 7595


The Ministry does not accept any responsibility or liability to you, whether in contract, equity or tort, or under any other legal principle, for any direct or indirect losses or damage of any kind arising from use of this site. This includes any action taken as a result of reading, or a reliance placed on the Department as a result of having read, any part or all of, the information on this site.

Without limiting the above, you are advised that:

  • The information provided is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity.
  • MBIE/Immigration New Zealand may change, add to, delete from, or otherwise amend the content of this site without notice.
  • MBIE/Immigration New Zealand makes no warranties, guaranties or undertakings as to results that may be obtained from information contained on this website. Information provided is not professional or legal advice. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received at this site.
  • The information provided is not in substitution or in any way an alteration to the laws of New Zealand or any other official guidelines or requirements.

Linked websites

Hypertext links to other web locations are for the convenience of users and do not constitute any endorsement by MBIE. The Ministry is not responsible for the contents or reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.