Find an English language course, and check English requirements for NZ visas and citizenship.
For information about visa extensions during COVID-19, visit the Immigration NZ website.
Find an English course
You can enter your address to find English courses near where you live.
English requirements for living in NZ
When you apply for a visa to move to NZ
You usually have to speak English, or enrol in English classes.
Different kinds of visas have different requirements.
When you apply for citizenship
You need to be able to hold a basic conversation in English to get NZ citizenship.
Children learning English at school
Your child must study English at school.
Many schools offer English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes. Ask your school for help.
Translation and interpreting services
If you need documents translated
To translate documents from English to another language, you follow the same process as translating into English.
If you need an interpreter
Lots of government agencies, councils and medical centres offer interpreters over the phone through the Telephone Interpreting Service. To get an interpreter:
- Call or visit an organisation.
- Ask for the Telephone Interpreting Service and the language you need — over 180 languages are available.
The Telephone Interpreting Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.