New Zealand Residence Visas

Residence Visas for New Zealand

There are a number of ways to get New Zealand Residence Visas, depending on whether it is based on your skills and job offer, your current visa or your relationship to a New Zealand resident or citizen. Some of the main paths to residence are listed below.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

The Skilled Migrant Category is based on a points system which is calculated across a number of different factors including your age, offer of skilled employment, skilled work experience and qualifications. You also need to meet health, character and English Language requirements.

There are 2 stages in the process of getting a Skilled Migrant Resident Visa. The first stage of is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). EOIs must hit a points threshold to be selected from the pool. If you are successful at this stage, you will be sent an Invitation to Apply.

The fastest way of understanding if you could be eligible for this visa category is to take our free eligibility assessment. We will review your situation and be able to advise whether you have enough points to be invited to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa.

You can include your partner and dependent children in your Skilled Migrant Visa application. When your visa is approved, you will all be granted residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, enabling your partner and dependent children to work and study in New Zealand too.

2021 Resident Visa

On 30 September 2021, the New Zealand Government announced the 2021 Resident Visa – a new one-off residence visa for some temporary work visa holders who were in New Zealand on 29th September 2021 on an eligible visa. Some critical purpose visa holders arriving in New Zealand between 30 September 2021 and 31 July 2022 on long-term visas may also be eligible for this new visa.

All applications must be submitted by 31 July 2022.

Find out more about the eligibility requirements for the 2021 Resident Visa.

Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

If you have been living together with your New Zealand citizen or resident partner for 12 months or longer, you may be eligible to apply for a resident visa as the partner of a New Zealander. You must be able to prove that you are living together in a genuine and stable relationship, that you are coming to New Zealand to be with your partner and that you meet health and character requirements.

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