Immigrating Clinicians

South African Clinicians

Experience the best of both worlds - lifestyle and career - with us. 

If you're looking for a safe, secure, family-friendly place to settle then New Zealand could be just the place for you. Enjoy a balanced lifestyle while you're surrounded by beautiful landscapes, incredible culture, and plenty of opportunities to succeed. Here in NZ, we offer high-quality education in a peaceful, stable, and friendly environment.

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

See what some of 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 register you must have a prescribed qualification or a qualification assessed as being equivalent to, or as satisfactory as a prescribed qualification. You must also be fit for registration. 

The following schools fit under the prescribed qualifications:

  • Western Cape University (Graduate before 1 January 1998)
  • Witwatersrand University (Graduate before 1 January 2001)
  • Pretoria University (Graduate before 1 January 2001)
  • Stellenbosch University (Graduate before 1 January 2001)
  • Medical University of South Africa (Graduated between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 2000)

If you didn't qualify at one of the schools above and still want to practise in New Zealand you will follow a slightly different process, for a non-prescribed qualification. This doesn't necessarily mean you will need to sit an exam, but you will be asked to collect cases from the past 3 years, and the process (conversation back and forth with the DCNZ - individual assessment to check the compatibility of the candidate) can take anywhere between 6 to 12 months.

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 planning to relocate & work in New Zealand, you’ll need one of the various different types of visas available.

Work visas let you live and work here for a set time period and may even lead to residence.

Resident visas such as the Skilled Migrant Category let you stay indefinitely and access more state-funded public services.

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

Testimonial from Dr Chris Ferreira

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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