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FAQs – New 2021 Resident Visa

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FAQs – New Residence Visa 2021

Some work visa holders currently in New Zealand as well as some critical purpose visitor visa holders may be eligible to apply for residence under the new residence category – the 2021 Resident Visa.

The FAQs for this category of visas has been compiled below to answer most of your queries. The answers are based on the information available on the immigration website as of date. The immigration instructions have not yet been issued.

If your queries are different to these FAQs, please mail us at contact@nzimmigration.info

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

To know more about eligible visas and eligibility requirements click here.

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

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

As per information received from INZ, you need to be in full time employment (at least 30 hours per week constitutes full time employment). Also, the employment must be genuine & credible.

If you have been living in NZ for at least 3 years and meet certain other specific requirements, even though you are earning below the median wage of NZ $27 per hour, you may still be eligible to apply for the new 2021 Resident Visa.

A job offer is not a requirement for this visa. You can apply as long as you were earning NZ$ 27 per hour or more on 29 September 2021 and meet the eligibility requirements for this new category of Residence Visa.

Yes, spouse/ partners and dependent children can be included in the application even if they are outside New Zealand.

Yes, you can, if you have spent 3 years in NZ including spending 821 days in NZ between 29 September 2018 and 29 September 2021 and you were in NZ on 29 September 2021.

The stay in NZ does not have to be consecutive. You can apply as long as you have spent 3 years in NZ (including spending 821 days in NZ between 29 September 2018 and 29 September 2021) and were in NZ on 29 September 2021.
In case you do not meet this requirement, then you can check to see if you meet the other requirements.

One of the requirements is that you must have arrived in NZ on or before 29 September 2018. Hence you are not eligible for the new 2021 Resident Visa.

Applicants whose SMC EOIs are still in the pool and who meet the criteria for the new Resident Visa can apply.

Occupational registration is necessary only if your job is in the health or education sectors.

Yes, you can provided you have applied for a SMC visa or Residence from Work visa before 29 September 2021 and are still awaiting the outcome.  If you have not yet applied for any other Resident Visa, you can apply for the new 2021 Resident Visa in Phase 2.

All applicants must meet the health & character requirements. Overseas medical certificates will not be required unless requested by an Immigration Officer. However, limited medical certificates & chest x-rays may be requested by the Immigration Officer in some cases.

Applicants will need to apply for the new 2021 Resident Visa & pay the fees. INZ cannot convert existing Residence applications as the new category did not exist when they made the initial application.

No, the job description needs to mention the experience and skills.

Processing time is expected to be within 12 months of lodgment of the application.

To be eligible for this new resident category, you must meet the eligibility criteria as on 29 September, 2021 as well as on your application submission date. However it would be wise to refer to the relevant immigration instructions on govt website.

No, you are not eligible to apply under this particular criterion, as the requirement is that you be paid a minimum of NZ $27 an hour on 29 September 2021. However, you can still apply if you meet the other eligibility criteria under this new resident visa category. Please refer to FAQ no. 2 for the eligibility criteria details.

No, you will not be eligible to apply under this category. As per the requirement and eligibility criteria, you had to be paid at least NZ $27 per hour on 29 September 2021 and on the day, you submit a new visa application to Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

As per the advice received from INZ, if you have spent 3 years in New Zealand including spending 821 days in New Zealand between 29 September 2018 and 29 September 2021 and you were in NZ on 29 September 2021, then ‘working’ is not a requirement as you meet the period of living in New Zealand criterion.

As per the advice received from INZ, you must be working in an employment for full-time. In order for you to be working full-time, you should be working for at least 30 hours per week.

As per the advice received from INZ, you must be in New Zealand on 29 September 2021 and when you submit the application for this new category of Residence Visa, irrespective of which phase you choose to apply in – 1 December 2021 or 1 March 2022.
However, if you choose to travel and, in the event, you are unable to return to New Zealand you may lose the opportunity for this application. Please also take into consideration the requirements of Border Restrictions, Border Exemptions and MIQ when undertaking a travel outside of New Zealand.

As per the advice received from INZ, if an applicant has two applications under assessment simultaneously with INZ, their new 2021 Residence Visa will be prioritised.

As per the advice received from INZ, the assessments of the on-hand SMC applications will be processed as per the instructions in force at the time lodgement. Some applications may be declined if the said instructions are not met. However, the applicants will still have the right to appeal with IPT and will also be eligible to apply for residence under the new 2021 Residence Visa category.

You can be eligible to apply for this new 2021 Residence Visa subject to you meeting the eligibility criteria for this new residence category, as this category was not in existence when your EOI was made.

If you have any further queries, please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. at contact@nzimmigration.info or call on +64 9 379 0219. Our experienced team of Licensed Immigration Advisers will be happy to guide you.

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