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New Zealand visas

PTE Academic is accepted by the New Zealand government as proof of English language proficiency for all visas with a language requirement.

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Acceptable English language test results for New Zealand visas

Visa Type Minimum PTE Academic score

Skilled Migrant Category and Silver Fern Job Search visa (principal applicant)

58 or more

Religious workers, and partners and dependent children of Residence from Work applicants

36 or more

Dependent Child Resident visa

36 or more

Parent Resident visa

29 or more in at least two of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)


An overall score of 36 or more

Entrepreneur and Employees of Relocating Businesses categories

29 or more

Global Impact Work visa

58 or more

China Working Holiday visa

42 or more

Working Holiday visa applicants from the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam

30 or more

Peru Working Holiday visa

36 or more in Speaking and one other skill area (Listening, Reading, Writing)

The guidance on our site is for information only. Please check with Immigration New Zealand for the most up-to-date information.