Special Cases – Pacific Access Category

To celebrate the unique bond between New Zealand and the Pacific nations, the NZ government has launched special cases – pacific access category visas. Under this scheme, people from Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Tonga can become permanent residents of New Zealand.

The Pacific Access Category is an outstanding program to provide opportunities to its Pacific Island neighbours and the advantages of global migration for both parties. More people from PAC islands are deciding to leave their home countries and start over in New Zealand, bringing their own talents, aspirations, and cultures with them.

This dynamic exchange creates a stronger, more inclusive society that celebrates diversity while working toward a common future. PAC is more than just a program; it is a celebration of the potential and resiliency of people as well as the limitless chances that lay ahead for those who dare to dream big.

Pacific Access Category 2023 Update

The Pacific Access Category facilitates the annual allocation of residency in New Zealand through a ballot system. Registrations for the 2023 Pacific Access Category are currently open.

This year, a total of 1300 visas are allotted to Pacific nations among which 500 visas are allotted for Fijizan citizens, 150 for Kiribati, 150 for Tuvaluan, and 500 for Tongan citizens.

Starting from 2024, the maximum number of annual visas will be 650 among which 250 visas will be allotted for Fijian citizens, 75 for Kiribati citizens, 250 for Tongan citizens, and 75 for Tuvaluan citizens.

Special Cases – Pacific Access Category

Conditions and Requirements

To qualify for the pacific category residence visa, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• The candidate must be a citizen of one of the PAC nations and have been born there. (PAC country citizens born abroad can also qualify for residency under this category).

• The applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 45 and have their registration number selected by the PAC draw.

• The candidate must be given permission by Immigration New Zealand to apply for residency.

Furthermore, a job offer from a New Zealand employer that satisfies the criteria for acceptance must be obtained by either the main applicant or any partners included in the application. This measure ensures a commitment to contributing to New Zealand's workforce and economy. It is an integral aspect of the residency application process.

How Will Visa Allocations Be Determined?

The distribution of visas will be determined by multiple considerations, including factors such as population size, current migration options, and anticipated demand. The allocation of visas will be a decision made jointly by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for International Development and the Pacific. To ensure the program aligns with mutual requirements and goals, the government will engage in additional consultations with Pacific partners regarding their participation and the allotment of visas to respective countries.

Why Come To New Zealand?

It’s not an easy decision to leave your own country and settle in a new one. This is a big decision which often impacted by several factors including better employment opportunities from accredited employer NZ, improved education prospects, health, safety and the ability to give their families a brighter future.

Work Opportunities

The lack of employment options and economic hardships in the Pacific Islands may lead some people to look for better employment abroad. The robust job market in New Zealand, which includes skilled occupations like agriculture and hospitality, holds out the prospect of financial security and professional advancement.

Better Education

Access to high-quality education is a major motivator for families looking to immigrate. The education system in New Zealand is recognized for its high standards and inclusive philosophy. That makes it a desirable location for parents looking to give their kids access to a top-notch learning environment.

Family Reunification

In addition to the primary applicants, the Pacific Access Category also benefits their partners and dependent children. Many people choose to start over in New Zealand for various compelling reasons, including the chance to reunite with loved ones and offer a safe and loving environment for children.

Apply for Resident Visa Under PAC Scheme

Imagine entering a foreign land with countless hopes and dreams but feeling a lot of uncertainty at the same time. This is the reality for many Pacific Islanders who embark on a journey to New Zealand under the pacific access visa.

During this journey, Auckland South Immigration Consultants serves as more than just a guide. We aim to serve as a source of encouragement, a friendly face, and a link to a more promising future.

Our goal is to break through conventional barriers, revealing vast possibilities and laying a firm foundation for achieving your goals.

You'll see the impact that personalised support can make as soon as you get in touch with us. We take the time to understand, listen, and adjust our strategy to your particular needs. We're here, prepared to make your journey easier and more fulfilling. From assisting you with immigration procedures, landing a good job, or connecting you with a community that feels like home, we are always there to guide you.


As Auckland’s leading immigration Consultants, we are experts at assisting those who would like to migrate to New Zealand.

Whether it is a skilled migrant visa, work to residence visa, work visa, essential skills work visa, residence visa or something else that you require, our fully licensed immigration advisers can provide you with up to date information  and walk you  through advice.

Below is a list of the visas and migration options that we can help you with.

Work Visa

Visitor Visa

Assists you in coming over to New Zealand for a holiday or to stay in New Zealand temporarily. It is usually for visiting friends and relatives as well as sightseeing or could be for a dependent of a work visa or a student visa holder.

Visitor Visa

Student Visa

This enables a client to gain primary, secondary as well as tertiary education in New Zealand.  Auckland South Immigration Consultants Limited liaises with various recognised Tertiary Institutions to assist in career development in many occupations

Student Visa NZ

Work Visa

This could be through a job offer from a New Zealand employer, gaining Study to Work Instructions through a Graduate Job Search Visa or a Graduate work experience visa, joining a New Zealand resident or citizen as a partner or joining a student or work visa holder.

Residence Visa

A resident visa allows you to travel to and enter New Zealand anytime and allows you to stay in New Zealand Indefinitely.

Family/Partner Catagory Visa

Involves all types of visa applications. Talk to us today to see how we can help.

Skilled Migrant Visa

See the new changes to legislation for 2022/23

Paretnal Residence Visa

See the new changes to legislation for 2022/23

Special Cases

Pacific Access Category

New Zealand welcomes a number of citizens from the Pacific to settle in New Zealand each year.

Section 61 - Unlawful overstay

New Zealand welcomes a number of citizens from the Pacific to settle in New Zealand each year.

Domestic Violence

In cases of domestic violence, Immigration New Zealand may grant a special visa to allow continued stay in the country.

Deportation & Appeals

Deportation can be triggered by a number of factors. Let the team at ASIC see your situation and help.

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