What is a Pacific Access Category Resident Visa?

The Pacific Access Category Resident Visa is a big chance for people from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, and Fiji. They get a chance of living in New Zealand, a place with great living standards and lots of opportunities, through a special draw system.

Age Limit

18-45 Years Old

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $1385


The visa quotas have been significantly increased for the 2022 and 2023 ballots –
Kiribati and Tuvalu: Quotas increased from 75 to 150.
Tonga and Fiji: Quotas increased from 250 to 500.

Benefits of the Pacific Access Category Resident Visa

  • Permanent Stay: If you get the visa, you can live, work, and study in New Zealand forever.
  • Family Included: You can bring your partner and kids under 24 if you registered them when applying for the visa.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Application Requirements

The Pacific Access Category Resident Visa has certain requirements that interested applicants need to have before applying.

Job Offer

You or your partner must have a job offer that pays enough to take care of your family in New Zealand.

Speak English

You need to show that you can speak English to a certain level.

Application Timeline

Details about the application timeline for the Pacific Access Category Resident Visa.

Ballot Status

The ballot is closed right now.

Next Chance

The next ballot starts at 08:00 on Monday, May 20, 2024 (NZST).

In 2024

In 2024, the Pacific Access Category and Samoan Quota ballots open on May 20, 2024 (NZST). People from each country get picked randomly for residency chances.

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What is the Application Process?

Understand the application process for the Pacific Access Category Resident Visa.


People from eligible countries interested in applying need to sign up for the ballot within the given time.

Ballot Selection

If chosen in the ballot, applicants get a notice and a chance to apply for residency. This selection happens randomly, like a lottery.

Gather Documents

Provide needed papers like job proof, English skills proof, and family details.


Fill out the application and submit it with the necessary fee and documents.

Pacific Access Category Resident Visa at ICL

We at ICL Immigration, know it can be hard to navigate the journey for the Pacific Access Category Resident Visa Process. Which is why we offer a tried and tested step-by-step method to help you get your visa without much hassle and stress.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

ICL Immigration checks if you qualify, discussing what’s needed based on your nationality. We also make sure you know about deadlines and how the lottery system works.

Step 2: Gather Documents

We help gather important papers like ID proof, job offers, and family details if needed.

Step 3: Registering for the Ballot

We assist in signing up for the lottery, making sure all details are right and submitted on time.

Step 4: Preparing Your Application

If you’re picked in the lottery, ICL helps get your residency application ready, making sure it meets all New Zealand rules.

Step 5: Submitting and Following Up

ICL sends your application and communicates with Immigration New Zealand in case of any queries or requests of additional info.

Step 6: Visa Approval and Next Steps

Once your visa is approved, we give advice on what to do next, like moving to New Zealand.


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What is the Pacific Access Category Resident Visa?

This visa category allows Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, and Fiji citizens to register for a ballot and, if selected, apply for residency in New Zealand.

Who is eligible for this visa?

Citizens of Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, and Fiji between the ages of 18 and 45 who can meet the employment, health, and English language requirements.

How does the ballot system work?

Applicants must first register for the ballot. If their registration is selected, they are invited to apply for residency.

What are the quotas for each country?

The quotas for the 2022 and 2023 ballots have increased to 150 for Kiribati and Tuvalu and 500 for Tonga and Fiji.

Can I include my family in my application?

You may include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application, provided they were listed in your initial ballot registration.

What are the critical requirements for the visa?

Applicants must have a job offer that pays enough to support their family in New Zealand and must demonstrate English language proficiency.

When can I register for the ballot?

The next registration opens at 08:00 on Monday, 20 May 2024 (NZST).

What is the cost of applying for this visa?

The application cost starts from NZD 1385.

How long can I stay in New Zealand on this visa?

This visa allows you to stay indefinitely in New Zealand, providing permanent residency.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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