You’ll have less stress and hassle if you do some homework about New Zealand before you arrive.
A real idea of what to expect will mean fewer surprises and make feeling at home in New Zealand that much easier. You’ll know more about how to do the things that need doing – and be able to start enjoying what brought you here sooner.
Here’s a basic checklist to cover off.
Bring your documents with you
Once in New Zealand you will find it useful to have your documents easily accessible. This will make registering for services in New Zealand much easier. The most commonly needed documents are:
Your birth certificate
Your marriage certificate
Your academic qualifications
References from previous employers
Your CV (Curriculum Vitae/Resume)
An international driver’s licence or permit
Colour photocopies and documents in your own language are usually acceptable, unless you're applying for residence or making temporary applications under the entrepreneur work visa category, then documents should be originals or certified English translations.
Think about where you’ll live – both long term and in those first few days and weeks as you settle in
It is a good idea to organise accommodation for when you first arrive. Some people stay with family or friends for those first few days. Others organise somewhere to stay in advance so that they can go straight there when they arrive.
Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.