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1 March, 2022

2021 Resident Visa

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What is the new 2021 Resident Visa?

This is a one-off opportunity for some temporary work visa holders and some critical purpose visa holders in New Zealand (NZ) to apply for Residence from 1 December 2021 till 31 July 2022, divided into two phases. The first phase starts on 1 December 2021 and the second phase starts on 1 March 2022.

What are the eligibility requirement to apply for the new 2021 Resident Visa?

You must have met the following criteria as on 29 September 2021:

  • Have been in NZ on 29 Sept 2021 AND
  • Must have held or applied for an eligible visa on or before 29 September 2021 that is later granted

In addition to the above, you must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Must have lived in NZ for 3 years or more (this essentially means that you must have arrived in NZ on or before 29 September 2018 and have spent 821 days in NZ between 29 September 2018 and 29 September 2021); OR
  • Earn NZ$ 27 per hour or more on 29 September 2021; OR
  • Work in a role that is on the scarce lists on 29 September 2021

When can I apply for the new 2021 Resident Visa?

Applications will open in 2 phases:
Phase 1: 1 December 2021 onwards for some eligible applicants
Phase 2: 1 March 2022 onwards for the remaining eligible applicants

I am offshore (outside NZ) currently and want to migrate to New Zealand. Can I apply for the new 2021 Resident Visa?

No, unfortunately you cannot. The new category of Residence Visa is for migrants who are already in New Zealand.

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