Changes to the 2021 Resident Visa Immigration Instructions
February 16, 2022
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced that the immigration instructions have been modified for the 2021 Resident Visa. The changes are effective from 21 February 2022 and are:
Allow those who have a current Expression of Interest in the Skilled Migrant Category Pool can start applying on 21 February 2022
Clarification on existing eligibility conditions for Critical Purpose Visa holders
2021 Resident Visa –
Some PHASE 2 Applicants Can Apply Early
INZ has announced that, according to the chart below, the 2021 Resident Visa application category will open on 21 February 2022 for Phase 2 applicants who hold a Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Expression of Interest (EOI) in the Pool that was submitted on or before 29 September 2021.
EOI Submission Date
Date the applications open
Before or on 30 April 2020
Mon, 21 Feb 2022
Between 1 May 2020 to 30 June 2020
Tue, 22 Feb 2022
Between 1 July 20202 to 31 August 2020
Wed, 23 Feb 2022
Between 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020
Thu, 24 Feb 2022
Between 1 December 2020 to 28 Feb 2021
Fri, 25 Feb 2022
Between 1 March 2021 to 31 March 2021
Sat, 26 Feb 2022
Between 1 April 2021 to 31 May 2021
Sun, 27 Feb 2022
Between 1 June 2021 to 31 July 2021
Mon, 28 Feb 2022
Between 1 August 2021 to 29 September 2021
Tue, 1 Mar 2022
Applications sent prior to the matching opening date listed in the table above will be declined.
Applicants will be notified through email of the optimal time to submit their applications each day. Emails will be sent at different times throughout the day.
Important Points to Remember:
It is important to note that there are changes made to the medical requirements for residence class visa applications. If an application is submitted using an online method that does not need a Medical Certificate or a Chest X-ray to be completed, an immigration officer may request one if it is necessary to ascertain that the applicant is in good health.
To be eligible for a 2021 Resident Visa, any applicant who held a visa or variation of conditions granted on or after September 29, 2021, for the purpose of completing a Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) and obtaining occupational registration as a Nurse in New Zealand must demonstrate that they have successfully passed their CAP and secured occupational registration.
Dependent children of work visa holders, who wish to undertake tertiary studies in New Zealand, now also include children of Critical Purpose Visitor Visa holders who were granted on the basis of holding an Essential Skills or Work to Residence
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