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Work To Residence Visa NZ

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

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Residence From Work Category.

A person holding a Work to Residence visa can apply for residence once key milestones have been met. Read more about Work to Residence visas.

This visa is suitable for someone who does not qualify to apply under the Skilled Migrant Category. If circumstances change such as health, character or employment before applying under Residence from Work take advice from a licensed immigration adviser early on.

Residence From Work.

A Residence from Work Visa requires an applicant to fulfil mandatory health, character, and in some cases, English language conditions. Your eligibility will depend mostly on your skill set, qualifications, and career experience.

  • Talent Visa (Arts, Culture and Sports). Applicant's who have contributed their talent to New Zealand for two years or longer may be considered for residence. High thresholds of talent or excellence are required, and this policy is not often used.

  • Religious Workers. Under some circumstances, religious organisations can apply for Work Visas for religious workers.

  • Accredited Employer. From July/August 2022, applicant's paid 200% or more of the median wage may qualify for residence after completing 24 months of employment.

Useful Information

The Malcolm Pacific Immigration team of advisers and experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complex world of New Zealand Residence from Work visas and immigration.

The Route To Residence.

In all the above cases, opportunities for Residence usually follow two or three years of satisfactory work. It’s important to note that conditions are subject to change regarding the ages and health of applicants, their marital status, the circumstances surrounding the employment, and not to mention the policy itself.

Requirements for Work and Resident Visas are different, so the fact that a Work Visa is issued does not guarantee that residence will follow. These regulatory processes can be frustrating to follow, and the bureaucracy can be overwhelming.

If you need assistance in navigating these complicated conditions, don't hesitate to contact us. Residence from Work in New Zealand can seem overly complicated, but you can rely on the experts at Malcolm Pacific Immigration to help guide you through this maze.

General Comments.

Changes to the Accredited Employer and Long-Term Skill Shortage work visas took effect on 01 November 2021. For many people, this visa pathway has closed, but there are still limited opportunities for some. Take advice now.

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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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