Around 94% of applicants apply after first coming to New Zealand on a temporary visa of some kind.
Almost all will hold a skilled job or job offer in order to be granted residence. This raises a well-known Catch-22 of having to have the job to get the visa, when many employers still insist on you having the visa to apply for the job. At Into NZ we can help you break down that Catch-22 barrier - see our job search support section for more details.
The Skilled Migrant Category is currently suspended until 1 July 2022 and the rules are being re-written.