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Update: 2021 Resident Visa – Phase 2 Application Process

2021 Resident Visa – Phase 2 Application Process

The applications for the next phase of the 2021 Resident Visa will be accepted beginning at 10 a.m. on March 1, 2022.Those who qualify will be able to apply online at any moment between then and July 31, 2022.

Applications received after 01 March 2021, through the improved Immigration Online method, will be held in Immigration New Zealand (INZ) system. INZ won’t begin processing the submitted applications until the end of March. This essentially means that from 01 April 2022, submitted New Resident Visa applications will be processed in the order of the primary applicant’s existing visa expiry date at the time of their 2021 Resident Visa application.

INZ has also said that applicants will not require a medical certificate when applying under the improved Immigration Online system. If a medical certificate or more information is necessary, INZ will request for it at a later date.

Applicants have also been conveyed that they must submit information from a valid passport. There is no requirement to submit the document itself. Anyone in need of a new passport has plenty of time because applications for the 2021 Resident Visa will be accepted until July 31, 2022.

Check Your Eligibility

Potential Applicants are advised to check their eligibility here.

Applying Online

As part of Phase 2, the improved Immigration Online system has been built to handle more applications. However, there is still a maximum number of people that can use the system at one time. When the Immigration Online system reaches capacity, those who are already registered will be allowed to submit their applications. Those who attempt to log in will, however, be urged to try again later or to wait until a spot becomes available.  INZ urges you to be patient and return later, or the next day. They want to be clear that there is no benefit to applying on the first day or during the first few weeks.

In the improved Immigration Online system, there is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted each day. This implies you are not required to apply for ‘High Volume User’ classification. All applications must be accompanied by a Resident Visa Declaration Form (INZ 1242).

Licensed Immigration Advisers are aware that, beginning March 1, 2022, two forms will be accessible on the INZ website:

  1. The current form for people who have a Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), Residence from Work (RFW), or Expression of Interest (EOI) for Skilled Migrant Category in the works. When using this form, no advance payment is necessary.
  2. For all other applicants, a new form has been added to the improved Immigration Online system. When you submit this form, payment is to be made immediately.


When the applicants submit their 2021 Resident Visa application in Phase 2, they must pay the cost of their application at the time of submitting their application.

The total amount is $2,160 including GST. This amount comprises a $1,330 application cost and a $830 immigration charge.

Staying up to Date

INZ website is the most up-to-date source of information on the 2021 Resident Visa criteria and processes and interim visas.  Please click here to read the information.

Your Support

INZ is devoted to provide a great experience for their customers during the 2021 Resident Visa application process, and they have been working hard to achieve that goal. INZ thanks you for your efforts and ongoing support.

To gain a better understanding of the above changes to the immigration instructions and to learn more about them kindly get in touch with us.

Please do not hesitate to contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.  Our experienced team of Licensed Immigration Advisers will be happy to guide you.

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