The number of migrants arriving in New Zealand on temporary visas (student, visitor and work visas) continues to grow in 2019, a press release from Stats NZ says.

Recent trends in arrivals have been driven by migrants on temporary visas, which include work, visitor, and student visa types.

“Annual migrant arrivals on temporary visas are about 26,000 higher than in early 2014,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

“Since then, migrant arrivals on temporary visas have remained higher than the numbers arriving on residence visas or as New Zealand or Australian citizens.”



Some migrants who arrive on temporary visas do extend their visa, transition to other visa types, or gain permanent residency.

Annual net migration higher than previous year

The annual net migration was higher than last year, with provisionally estimated at 47, 300 (± 800) in the year ended June 2019 compared with 48,600 in the previous year.  

Migrant arrivals were down by 3,300 (2 percent) to 137,700 (±700) compared to the year ended June 2018. Migrant departures were down by 2,000 (2 percent) to 90,400 (±500) for the same period.

Migration estimates for the year ended June 2019 are subject to smaller month-to-month revisions than estimates for more recent periods. We can define travellers as non-migrants or migrants with more certainty 5–6 months after a reference period according to the 12/16 month-rule.