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Know about the 2021 Residence Visa

NZ Residency Requirements:

To be able to live in New Zealand permanently, you need to have a NZ Resident Visa. Most of the pathways that lead to New Zealand residency start with a Temporary Visa, which allows you to work, study or own a business in New Zealand.

There are a few types of visas which allow residence in New Zealand right away, such as the Skilled Migrant Category visa. However, you need to comply with the conditions attached to your visa, to ensure your pathway to the residence is not interrupted.

Migrating to a new country is a huge decision, and therefore before moving to New Zealand permanently, you will need to consider which visas you are eligible for and whether those visas lead to permanent residence NZ.

You also need to make sure that you are ready to move to New Zealand because you will need enough time to complete the requirements of your Temporary or NZ Resident Visa conditions.

The government-funded public services that you will be able to access in New Zealand depends on the visa you hold. The easiest visa to get isn’t necessarily the best.

The range of popular visas that will allow you to live in New Zealand permanently are:

Residence Visa NZ fee:

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Resident visa NZ processing time:

The time taken by Immigration New Zealand to process an application differs from category to category. The processing times can be found here

If you would like to know more about Residence Visa pathways, process, assessment criteria and the pitfalls that you should be aware of, please call us today on +64 9 379 0219 or email [email protected]


A New Zealand Resident visa usually allows you to stay in New Zealand for 24 months and in some cases, it is valid for 5-10 years. Once the NZ residency requirements are met, you can apply for a Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) which allows you to live in New Zealand indefinitely.

Processing of a NZ resident visa takes anything between 6 months to 33 months

To get a NZ resident visa, one needs to start with a temporary visa for working or studying or owning a business. Some temporary visas lead to New Zealand Residency.

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