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2021 Resident Visa Update On Interim Visa and Processing

Resident Visa

On 1 December 2021 at 6.00 am, Phase 1 of the 2021 Resident Visa opens to applicants. To better prepare the applicants for this, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has provided some updates.

Document checklist

Immigration New Zealand has provided an application document checklist to ensure that applicants have the relevant documents before applying for the visa.

Also, INZ has made an informative video explaining the process and criteria to help the applicants apply under Phase 1.

Interim Visas

To ensure that applicants awaiting a decision on the 2021 Resident Visa remain lawful in New Zealand, INZ will grant interim visas of up to 12 months while the applications are under process.

The interim visa will allow the applicant the same rights as their current temporary visa.

Applicants will not have to apply for an interim visa as INZ will automatically issue an e-visa up to 7 days before the current visa expires unless the applicant has lodged a temporary visa application.

More information about interim visa requirements & conditions can be found here.

Visa Processing

The last date for submitting applications is 31 July 2022 so there is plenty of time.

Priority has been given to the processing of 2021 Resident Visa applications under the General Instructions Order.

Updates regarding processing timeframes will be provided regularly on the INZ website from early December onwards.

Get in touch with us at Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd., which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required processes and information contact us at contact@nzimmigration.info or call +64 09 3790219.

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