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Immigrate to Singapore from New Zealand

Immigrate to Singapore from New Zealand

It is very simple to immigrate to Singapore from New Zealand for short-term stays, as there aren’t any visa requirements. This rule is available for New Zealand passport holders (therefore, New Zealand citizens) who arrive here for short-term stays, which are defined as stays of maximum 90 days. 

There are a few rules to abide by, regarding the purpose of stay, the validity of the passport and other similar matters. Our team of lawyers in Singaporecan present the rules and regulations New Zealanders should comply with when arriving here.  

When can New Zealanders arrive in Singapore visa-free?

The legislation on immigration in Singaporestates that foreigners can relocate for a limited amount of time in this country without having to apply for a visa. This right is granted to a large number of countries, New Zealand included. It is possible to arrive here visa-free for tourism, social purposes (such as visiting friends, relatives) or for business.  

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, the possibility to arrive here without applying for a visa is open to applicants who meet specific entry requirements, which are imposed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).  

According to ICA, foreign passport holders must have a passport that is valid for minimum 6 months since the date of arrival in the country, this being the main rule for being able to get clearance. 

Additional rules apply, such as making sure that any of the goods brought into Singaporeare not on the list of prohibited goods/products, but other than these, there aren’t any other important immigration formalities to abide by as a passport holder who will immigrate to Singapore from New Zealand.   

What are the main employment visas available in Singapore? 

Many foreigners relocate to Singapore for employment opportunities, considering that this country is one of the most developed economies at a global level, and the top in its region. For work purposes, all foreigners must obtain suitable visas and work permits, and this applies to persons who immigrate to Singapore from New Zealand as well. 

Our law firm in Singapore can present the full list of work visas (for skilled employment, semi-skilled, short-term employment, etc.) and help you apply for the most suitable option. According to the Ministry of Manpower, foreigners can apply for any of the following: 

  • the Employment Pass – available for candidates who will earn at least $5,000 per month (this is a permit for highly skilled professionals);
  • the S Pass – it can be obtained by skilled employees who will be paid a salary of minimum $3,150 per month;
  • Training Employment Pass – available for foreigners arriving here for training sessions who will be paid a salary of $3,000 per month (minimum threshold);
  • the Work Holiday Pass – there are 2 programs, one designed for students/graduates with an age of 18-25 years old and another program, designed for young Australians and New Zealanders with an age of 18-30 years old who can relocate here for a period of 1 year for work, study and travel. 

These are just few of the work programs available for employment/training, but other options do apply. For instance, those who immigrate to Singapore from New Zealand, who qualify for the professional category, can apply for the EntrePass, the Personalized Employment Pass or the Overseas Networks&Expertise Pass. Our team of lawyers in Singapore can provide more information on these visa programs. 

Family reunification in Singapore

New Zealanders can also reunite with their close family members in Singapore, by applying for visas such as the Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass and others. These visas can offer the right to long-term residency in Singapore

There are other visas in the family stream and our lawyers in Singapore can offer further information. If you want to learn more on how to relocate here from New Zealand, do not hesitate to contact our law firm in Singapore, where you will receive professional legal services, delivered by a team of Singapore lawyers specialized in immigration law