The government has introduced a limited pathway to residence for people who are already living and working in New Zealand.
Applications opened on 1 December 2021 for the first wave of people eligible to apply. The second wave opened on 1 March 2022.
The deadline to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa is 31 July 2022. Applications will not be accepted after this date.
People who were lawfully in NZ (or in Australia when the travel bubble closed between April and July 2021) on 29/09/2021 need to meet one of the visa eligibility criteria below.
Applicants must be in New Zealand at the time of applying.
No. In addition to the eligible work visa criteria workers also need to be regarded as one of the following:
In total Immigration NZ estimate around 110,000 people will qualify to apply for this visa and once family are included in the applications around 165,000 people will hope to become new residents.
A small number of critical health workers (taking up jobs for six months or longer) or specialist workers (taking up jobs that are for longer than six months and meeting a minimum pay rate) who are granted border exemptions may also have eligibility for the 2021 Resident Visa. They need to arrive in NZ and lodge a 2021 Resident Visa application before the category closes on 31 July 2022.
There are a small class of workers (mainly seasonal workers) who will not qualify.
We recommend you take advice to see if you will qualify.
Only certain types of work visas qualify. To find out if you hold an eligible work visa to qualify for this visa contact Malcolm Pacific Immigration for advice. If you do not qualify our team will assess if there are other pathways to residence.
Health and character requirements will apply to everyone that applies. In some cases a new immigration medical may be required, in others, it may not. NZ police and security checks will be completed by Immigration NZ.
Immigration NZ reserve the right to ask for more information after an application is lodged to verify pay, employment etc.
Close family can be included in the application.
Making sure your 2021 Resident Visa application is properly documented will speed along the process and should result in approval. Avoid mistakes by dealing with experts.
Our clients enjoy the highest level of service and support in the industry because we have a large team of licensed advisers on hand to guide them through the process. Clear and regular communication ensure our clients know what is happening every step of the way.
Read our latest newsletter with updates on the 2021 Resident Visa here.
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