New Zealand Residence Program
NZ Immigration Specialist

UntitledNew Zealand Residence Programme

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The government has agreed to establish a two-year New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP), to run from the beginning of July 2014 until the end of June 2016.

The NZRP provides a planning range of the number of people approved for New Zealand residence, and is divided into different residence streams: Skilled/Business, Family and International/Humanitarian. It aims to ensure an optimal level of immigration into New Zealand for economic growth, enhanced international linkages and a high level of social cohesion.


Cabinet has agreed a total planning range of 90,000 to 100,000 residence approvals in the two-year period from July 2014 to June 2016, with a breakdown between residence streams as outlined in the table below:


Approval planning ranges for each residence stream in the 2014-16 NZRP


Residence stream Planning approvals low Planning approvals high
Skilled/Business 53,800 59,950
International/Humanitarian 6,500 7,650
Family 29,700 32,400
Total 90,000 100,000


Note: The previous NZRP was a three-year programme running from July 2011 to June 2014 and had a planning range of 135,000 to 150,000 (an average of 45,000 to 50,000 per year).

Comment (7)

  • Serene Chin - November 12, 2014

    Am interested to know more about the NZ Residence programme.

  • Interested to know more about the NZ residence program.

  • steven yeap - November 26, 2014

    i would like to know more about applying for work Visa or immigrants class visa for my family. me work as manager in manufacturing n my wife in Dell as finance manager