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2021 Resident Visa - new opportunity

Some of your migrant workforce may qualify for this new visa. It is a pathway for certain work visa holders to qualify for residence of New Zealand. The government estimates around 110,000 work visa holders can apply.

28/10/20211 min read
2021 Resident Visa - new opportunity


Some of your migrant workforce may qualify for this new visa. It is a pathway for certain work visa holders to qualify for residence of New Zealand. The government estimates around 110,000 work visa holders can apply. Once families are included in the applications around 165,000 people are expected to be granted residence.

There are of course criteria to meet. You and your team can read more here.

Applications close on 31 July 2022. Anyone who does not apply before this date will miss out.

Unfortunately, the government left out people holding Specific Purpose Work Visas (SPV). We know of doctors, dentists, IT specialists, digital animators, and CEOs to name but a few of the highly skilled occupations who are working in New Zealand holding an SPV. We have written to the Minister of Immigration recommending he urgently reviews this omission. The risk is we lose the top talent that New Zealand desperately needs right now because they have no pathway to residence. Without residence, people cannot buy homes, get children easily into territory education and move on with life.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21