Immigrating Clinicians

Canadian Clinicians

New Zealand offers a little bit of everything from beautiful landscapes to diverse culture where your quality of life and career opportunities are vast.

Discover a world of beauty and feel right at home while enjoying all the comforts that New Zealand has to offer. In New Zealand, we enjoy a slower pace of life and strongly believe in work life balance.

Coming from Canada you’ll be used to spectacular landscapes of mountains and lakes, we have these too. Even in our larger regions, you're never far from beaches, parks and stunning locations to walk or bike around. We love the outdoors as much as Canadians do - there's much to explore and it's right on our doorstep!

New Zealand is a renowned lifestyle destination - it’s no surprise that we get interest from clinicians all over the world wanting to make New Zealand their home.

See what our expat dentists have to say about moving to NZ to join Lumino!


Relocation Process

We offer $10,000 relocation support, and we hold full accreditation with Immigration NZ. 
As Accredited Employers we can support your visa for both the short term and long term, and have an experienced team who will help make the move a smooth process! ??

There’s two key components to your relocation to New Zealand:

  • Registration to practice in your Dental Scope with the New Zealand Dental Council (DCNZ)
  • Your eligibility to work in New Zealand.

Dentistry is currently listed under the  Skill  Level Classification  with Immigration NZ?.

Registration to practice in New Zealand.

If you’ve trained outside of New Zealand, to be able to practise as a dental professional here you are required to register with the ?New Zealand Dental Council.

To find out more about the pathways to registration visit the NZ Dental Council.

Please note, Lumino doesn't have any direct input into your registration process and doesn't act as an advisory body in your registration process, but we're able to give you general practical advice about practising in New Zealand. We encourage all Immigrating Clinicians to undertake this conversation with the Dental Council as soon as possible, as it will dictate your process and relocation timeframes.

Obtaining a visa – your eligibility to work in New Zealand.

If you're considering a relocation, you will need to have current and accurate advice, and this information either needs to come from Immigration New Zealand or your licensed immigration specialist. In New Zealand, it’s illegal for anyone unlicensed to provide advice.

  • If you’re aged 18-35, working holiday visas can give young Canadians up to 23 months in New Zealand
  • A work visa lets you live and work here for a set period and some can lead to residence
  • A resident visa, like the Skilled Migrant Category, lets you access more state-funded public services and stay indefinitely

For up to date information visit Immigration NZ. 


  • Commission – 35% Commission??
  • Retainer - $120,000 (40 hours/week)??
  • Training & Development Allowances??
  • 5% rural community service commission

An introduction to New Zealand

Weather and climate in NZ - moving through the seasons

Christmas in Summer anyone? Tis’ the season for sunny beach days, adventures on the water, beautiful bush walks, mountain hiking and much much more. You really can't beat a Kiwi Summer!

Even when Summer fades to Autumn, the days are still warm, and that means beach swims through March and well into April in some parts of the country. Bush walks and hiking are also great options.

The Winters are less harsh in NZ, with temperatures dipping to between 12 – 16°C.
Snow sports galore, Queenstown and Wanaka in the South Island and the Central Plateau in the North Island are the most popular spots for skiing and snowboarding. The highest snowfall in these locations is usually throughout July and August.

It’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, and there is often spring skiing available at some ski fields too. You’ll find New Zealand’s countryside full of bouncing lambs and spring blossoms.

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