Guide to Applying for New Zealand Permanent Residence as a Teacher

New Zealand is looking to hire secondary school teachers from outside. While other teachers will continue on the Work to Residence pathway, international secondary school teachers moving to New Zealand will be expedited for residency to support this.

With the help of this program, qualified foreign secondary school teachers can apply for residency without the need for previous New Zealand work experience through a simple and uncomplicated process.

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There is a shortage of secondary educators, especially in the following subjects:

  • Technology
  • Science
  • Mathematics

Through this program, secondary school teachers can apply from overseas for a resident permit:

  1. Permanent Residency in New Zealand for Teachers.
  2. Without having to work in New Zealand for two years.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Foreign secondary school educators may only grant visas for the straight-to-residency pathway in the following situations:

  • If they are at work.
  • Get a Job Offer from a Considered Employer.
  • If the position is in high demand and is listed on the Green List Tier 1.

The applicant may apply from outside of New Zealand or may enter the country on a work visa. An individual can live, work, and study in New Zealand and include their partner and dependant children under the age of 24 in their visa application if they follow the clear pathway to a residence visa.

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Important information:

  • With a direct-to-residence visa, you are able to remain indefinitely.
  • Candidates had to be younger than 55.
  • Applying for a straight-to-residence visa in New Zealand costs $4290 NZD.
  • A New Zealand Straight to Residence Visa takes three months to process.

Visit the New Zealand Immigration website to learn more about New Zealand Visas and to submit an application.

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