I have a half-sister who is a citizen in new Zealand. I live in USA. I also have another sister who also lives in USA.

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Customer: I have a half-sister who is a citizen in new Zealand. I live in USA. I also have another sister who also lives in USA. Does this mean I can't get a visa as a sibling - because i have a sister that lives in USA too?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: no steps-initial inquiry
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about the visa?
Customer: nope
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Customer: other question: can i set up a business versus get an employment offer?
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Hello! My name is***** am an immigration attorney and the Expert who will be helping you today. The only thing I ask is for you to be understanding about the delays you might experience today. Legal issues are complex and sometimes it takes a while to prepare an answer and/or to help others who were here before you. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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Your background is confusing. What kind of visa are you trying to get and to where?

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I am a citizen of Ireland and the US. I am a permanent resident of US. I have a half -sister in New Zealand - she is a permanent resident of NZ. But I also have a sister that lives in US. I read I cant qualify for a permanent NZ residence visa if I have a sibling in same country i currently live in.
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exploring is there a path for me to move me and my family to new Zealand via my half -sister lives there.
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null, Expert

OK, so this is a New Zealand question, not a US question. I have to ask that this question is moved to the New Zealand law category.

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Please do. Thanks.
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please wait while I read the question so I can make the most useful response

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thanks.
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There is a visa for families but it does not apply to your situation – the partnership visa only applies to parents and children, and to partners of the New Zealand citizen or resident. It does not apply to siblings. The best path for getting a visa is to look at the job shortage areas where you can get priority if you are qualified in one of the skill shortage areas. At the moment there is little point in applying, because the borders are closed and this is likely to be the case for possibly the end of this year. But your best approach would be thinking about your qualifications, getting a job offer within the skill shortage areas and starting from there

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ok thanks. Thats all i need for now.
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Thank you for the reply and for using this site. You may ask further questions or rate this answer when you are ready.

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I have two businesses in USA. If I meet the 120 point criteria to start a business in New Zealand what is likelihood of getting visa and can my family- wife and two kids come with me.
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Paychotherapy/relationship coaching business.
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If you meet the point criteria yourself, then your family can come with you. If you get a work permit, then generally your partner can also get a work permit. I don't know if you looked at the link, but as long as you are under the age of 55 and have clear health and police records, and qualify as a skilled migrant you should be able to do this

Customer
Great thanks.
Customer
How long does the process usually take from application to being approved to move to New Zealand?
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It can take from 2-3 months to a year

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Thanks
Customer
How Much does It typically cost in application and lawyer fees?
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null, Expert

You do not need a lawyer-although some do use one. The fees from Immigration range depending on the visa, but essential skills is $530, and there are fees for the family

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/tools/office-and-fees-finder

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I applying to start a business not via essential Skills
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null, Expert

If you use the link that will help with fees and times
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