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Approval In Principle Information.

Here we share some general information about Approval in Principle policy. This does not replace or constitute immigration advice from a licensed immigration adviser.

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What Happens After Approval In Principle?

At last, we ring you to tell you your residence application is Approved!

Unfortunately, this is not the end of the journey because that first "approval" is, in truth, only an "Approval in Principle".

Change Of Circumstances.

Please do not do anything to unnecessarily delay obtaining your visas and (if you are overseas) entering New Zealand.

Your grant of residence is not complete until you have entered New Zealand.

Until then:

  • You are obliged to tell Immigration New Zealand of ANY relevant change of circumstance.

  • Any change in your circumstances could render you no longer eligible and the visa being cancelled.

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Residence Visa.

You still need to get the resident visa issued, which can take time depending on what other requirements you need to meet.

If you are an investor, you will normally need to give proof of having transferred nominated funds through the banking system. If so, you have 12 months to complete that step.

In some very rare cases, there may be a need to produce other documentation before the visa is issued. If your Resident Visa is issued while you are overseas, it will be valid for entry for 12 months from the date of issue.

While you have 12 months to arrive in New Zealand to activate your residence status, we encourage you to travel as soon as possible.

If your circumstances change before arrival in New Zealand, and these have not been declared and cleared by Immigration New Zealand, complications can arise at the border or in later applications.

If Your Circumstances Change.

Not every situation is the same. However, if any change of personal circumstances happens before the resident visa is activated (by arriving in NZ for the first time or the visa is issued when the person is already in NZ), advice must be taken.

Anything that may affect the decision to issue the visa needs to be considered. This can include changes to the job offer, new health and character problems or even a replaced passport.

Consult with a licensed immigration adviser who can advise on the next steps to take.

General Comments.

Of course, you don't expect anything to go wrong, but if it does, all your plans can fall apart.

Please do NOT delay in completing these final steps after Approval in Principle.

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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

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

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

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