Immigrating to New Zealand can be a complicated process but seems
quite fair. First of all, I will point you at the following website
for the New Zealand Immigration Service:
Most New Zealand government departments have quite comprehensive
website, which can be accessed and searched from the NZ Government
Portal at http://www.govt.nz/
Now, let look at some basics of immigration to New Zealand.
For migration to New Zealand, you would need to obtain a Residence
Permit which allows you to reside in NZ for an indefinite period of
time, but expires if you leave the country, however once you are an NZ
resident you can apply for a Returning Residence Visa that allows you
to return to NZ if you leave the country temporarily.
There are four main categories under which your can apply for New
Zealand residence, they are:
Now, as you said you are poor, you are probably not going to be an
investor or entrepreneur, which may qualify you under the Business
categories. You do not have a New Zealand spouse, so you cannot enter
under the Family category, and you have not mentioned any family
members in New Zealand, so I assume the Family Quota category will not
be any help to you.
This leaves the General Skills category, which is a points based
To start with, to qualify as an applicant for the general skills
category you have to be in good health for the purpose of entry, and
not a danger to public health or likely to be a burden on the health
services. You also need to be of good character, meaning you have not
been sentenced to imprisonment for great than five years, ever, and
have not been sentenced for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
Also, you must not have ever been deported from New Zealand or any
There is also an English language requirement, although the
requirements in that respect can be somewhat complex. However you
ability to communicate a question clearly here would indicate to me
that you should not have much trouble in that respect
From there it is a matter of points, which are determined by a number
of factors, including your age, qualifications and work experience
you can calculate these, to some degree, on the following page:
I can't estimate myself how you may do in that respect, as you have
not provided very much information on your educational or work
background, however you are within a desirable age group, which is to
The current passmark is 29 points. You get 10 for your age, so you
need to get the other 19 from experience and qualifications. Obviously
being a professional would be the most help to you in this respect.
You can also be awarded points for having a relevant work offer within
New Zealand, that is an offer of work that is relevant to your
qualifications. However, even a non-relevant offer (unrelated to your
qualifications or work experience) will qualify you for some points.
You will be expected to have sufficient resources to support yourself
in New Zealand for your first 24 months of being a resident, you can
find more information about that here:
The Immigration Service provides a number of resources to help
potential migrants determine what they need to do to proceed with
their applications you should find the following resources helpful
in this respect:
Self-Assessment Guide for Residence in New Zealand
Guide for Residence in New Zealand
Another avenue for some potential residents is the 'Work to Residence'
program, however this will likely require a suitably qualified job
application or specialist artistic talent. More details about this
program can be found here:
Egypt has no Visa-waiver agreement with New Zealand, so to come to New
Zealand at all you will require a Visa, if you are coming with the
intention of applying for residency you can apply for a resident visa,
although this can be complicated.
To seriously pursue immigration, an initial contact with a New Zealand
immigration consultant is probably a very good ideas, as they have
knowledge and experience far beyond that which is simply detailed on
the Immigration Service website. Here are a number of consultants:
Instant Immigration Services
Migrate New Zeland
Migration Bureau (New Zealand)
Many of these consultants will offer a free initial assessment, which
will let you know what problems you may face, or what more you can do
to increase your chances of a successful application.
As far as marrying in New Zealand, I don't know what you might do to
achieve that successfully, as I am not married myself, and I have
lived here all my life, however, you could always try online dating
services in New Zealand either of the following sites may provide a
I hope this provides you with the information you were seeking, please
let me know if I can clarify the details I have provided at all, or if
there is other pertinent information that was not taken into account.
Immigration at http://www.govt.nz/
Immigration Consultants at http://www.yellowpages.co.nz/
Clarification of Answer by
01 Feb 2003 20:05 PST
Well, you could become an illegal immigrant, however that would make
life very difficult, I am sure - you would not qualify for any state
social services, and finding employment would be very difficult.
So, ways to shortcut the process - yes, marriage is a viable option,
as detailed here (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migration/family.html),
in fact even an established de facto relationship (hetrosexual or
same-sex) may qualify. You can find a New Zealand citizen, or an
Australian citizen who has made New Zealand their home, or even a
non-NZ citizen who holds a residence permit. Unlike the process
depicted in the US comedy 'Greencard', I believe the process in New
Zealand is fairly straight forward.
Ideally you would have to develop a relationship with a qualifying
person, and then come to New Zealand, marry and apply for a residence
permit once you were married and living together in a stable
Obviously there are no resources readily available detailing how you
might obtain residency in New Zealand with fake papers, however
knowing the documentation requirements I am sure you could determine
what maybe required to do so. This is, of course, a very unwise
approach, as the result of discovery would be deportation and/or
I am not aware of any services in operation which would be able to
help you directly with either of these approaches, for obvious
reasons. The internet is a fine place to meet eligable New Zealand
women, however actually getting them to marry you is something that is
very much in your own hands.
Let me know if this is any more help, otherwise, if I am still
completely off target, I am happy to have my answer withdrawn, however
I would suggest that you modify your question to more accurately
reflect your actual needs and situation.