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Is it true New Zealand does not allow permanet relocation to the island nation ?

Asked by Pretty_Lilly (4652points) March 22nd, 2010

I’ve heard that people can visit New Zealand and reside for a certain amount of time but you cannot apply for permanent citizenship ,I have always wondered if it is true and if so,the reasoning behind it ?

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loser's avatar

Because they know they’ve got a good thing going and they don’t want people moving there and ruining it.

j0ey's avatar

I’m pretty sure Aussies can…and Kiwis can come and live here.

jrpowell's avatar

If you are from the United States you can only stay for three months. But they are lax with the marriage thing.

cazzie's avatar

Well, MOST countries have this type of policy. You can’t just show up somewhere and stay. New Zealand used to have (and i think they still do) a list of professions that they look for in anyone who applies for residency, but it’s gotten tougher. They have their share of unemployment and they take responsibility for a pretty high number of asylum seekers every year (misplaced persons from areas in the world were there is war, famine..etc) Unemployed or politically pissed off Americans aren’t high on their list.

NZ and Australia have a recip. agreement. Free trade of goods and labour, if you will. If you’re under a certain age, you can travel around NZ and pick fruit legally if you’re from certain countries, but you’d have to look into that.

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t think that is true. An American friend moved there a little over a year ago and is in the process of becoming a citizen. He is a teacher.

Theby's avatar

@johnpowell is correct. I am from New Zealand.

jahono's avatar

They allow migration but have migration laws like all countries. At the moment (as of 2005ish I think) they select migrant applicants on a points based system. Points are given based on skills, personal fortune/wealth, age, health etc. Very similar to all countries. I would say they have a higher than usual allowance for immagrant numbers (per capita) each year. They don’t have a massive pop growth rate and many leaving to australia so they need to keep their numbers up!
p.s. haven’t researched this – I lived in NZ for 20 years untill recently so am stating off memory/common knowledge

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I’m thinking of sailing there and claiming the land in the name of the King of Spain. It’s not like there’s no precedent for that sort of thing.

cazzie's avatar

@rooeytoo Teachers are on that list of of professions, especially if you’ll teach in a small provincial town way out in the boonies.

@jahono I remember that points system and it should be online somewhere…

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/

http://www.nz-immigration.co.nz/

Then there are private immigrant consultants….. like:
http://www.new-zealand-immigration.com/

Hope these websites are helpful.

jahono's avatar

@CyanoticWasp – lol, agreed. Just don’t eat everyone like the maori’s did

jbran's avatar

I think the United States needs to adopt some kind of laws like New Zealand. They just let anybody and everybody into the United States. They really do need to crack down on that.

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