Europeans thought of New Zealand as the most remote country in the late 18th and early 19th century. A place reached after 100 days on sea. The earliest known visitors included whalers and sealers who arrived in late 1700s, followed by missionaries in early 1800s.

A lot has changed since those times and New Zealand was the number of foreign born residents increase by well over 100,000 between 1971 and 1991. The number of foreign born residents in New Zealand is now close to 900,000 a little over 22% of their population.

New Zealand welcomes new immigrants under various categories.

Skilled Migrant Category:

The Skilled Migrant category is the main type. This category will ensure that people moving to New Zealand have the right skill required by the country. This category has a point system and one earns points on various items like qualification, work experience, job offer etc.

Business and Investment Category:

Under this category, a person has the option to get a three year long term business visa to start their own business before deciding to move. After running a business for two years a person may become eligible for permanent residency.

Family Category:

The family category has two parts Ė family permanent residence and family temporary entry. A person can apply for a family permanent residence if sponsored by a family member who is a New Zealand citizen or resident. To allow for this, you must be a partner, a dependent child, a parent or brother, sister or an adult child.

The family temporary entry is for people who plan to stay temporarily with a family member who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Samoan Quota:

There is a special relationship between New Zealand and their neighbors Samoan, because of this relationship every year number of citizens from Samoan are invited so that they can apply under the Samoan Quota for residency.

Pacific Access Category:

New Zealand offers various opportunities every year which come under Pacific Access Category, if you belong to Tuvalu/ Tonga or Kiribati. This encourages more people to stay in New Zealand.

Refugee Family Support Category:

Under this category, New Zealanders who have been given residence as refugees can sponsor any one member of their family along with that memberís partner and also their children for residency of New Zealand. Around 300 places every year is available.

Other Opportunities:

There are many different ways in which you can apply for coming to New Zealand, it maybe for a short visit, or to live, to work or to study here.

If you are an Indian citizen and plan to work or settle in New Zealand, you should consider the following points:

* If you have an Indian passport you need to have New Zealand visa to be able to enter the country.
* In New Delhi, New Zealand High Commission takes care of all migration, visa required for migration, student visas, and work visas. There are offices in many other cities of India as well.
* You can also download the form for New Zealand visa as well as calculate the fee you need to submit online.