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Heartland Immigration

With leading licensed immigration advisers, immigration and migration industry experience, and dedication to providing valuable and accurate advice, you are in safe hands with Heartland Immigration.

Heartland Immigration can effectively assist expats with migration and finding enticing employment opportunities while providing customised packages that are best tailored for their needs.

Heartland Immigration helps expats moving to Christchurch in:

  • Job search
  • Settlement assistance
  • Employer specific solutions
E-Team Member Contact:
Mary Noonan
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Visa & Immigration for Expats in Christchurch

If you are looking to secure a visa to move to Christchurch, you should have skills, experience or capital that are in short supply locally. 

There is a range of New Zealand visas, in order for you to understand which visa you are eligible for and which option suits best for your circumstances it’s best to consult with a reputable immigration specialist.

Key visa tips you should know as an expat in Christchurch
  • To move to Christchurch you will need a work or resident visa. It is recommended that you secure a position in Christchurch before applying for a work visa.
  • If you are relocating to Christchurch as part of your current employment, your employer will generally work out the visa for you. Be sure that you understand the restrictions of your visa type yourself, especially if at a later point you change employers.
  • You can apply for a Visa yourself but it is recommended that you seek the services of a reputable licenced immigration advisor. They will provide the specialist knowledge and expertise to secure your visa.
Visas for expats establishing a business in Christchurch
  • The Investor, Entrepreneur and Global impact is a category of visa designed to attract visionary entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams with the drive and capabilities to create lasting positive impact for Christchurch and New Zealand.
  • This is a 3-year working visa that enables expats to establish and run a business.
  • The first stage of the investor visa is the “start-up” stage which enables the visa holder to buy or establish the business in Christchurch.
  • The second stage is the “balance” stage, where, once the visa holder proves that they have taken steps to establish the business, they are granted the remaining 24 months of the visa.
  • Health and character requirements also apply to entrepreneur work visas.
  • This visa type requires the applicant to have NZ$ 36,000.00 in order to support themselves and their family for the first year after the visa is granted.


Download the Visa & Immigration Christchurch Chapter

The Visa & Immigration Christchurch Chapter written by Mary Noonan, Heartland Immigration, provides further detailed information about issues you need to be aware of in regards to Visas in Christchurch.


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