New Zealand Residence Visa Australian Resident Visa

New Zealand Residence Visa Australian Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

Do not need to pay fee

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia you don’t need to apply for a visa to live and work in New Zealand. You can be granted a visa on arrival at the border. As an Australian citizens and permanent resident, you can visit, work and live in New Zealand. You do not need a visa before you travel to New Zealand.

With this visa you can

  • Visit, live, work, and study in New Zealand.
  • Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa as long as you meet the character and entry permission requirements.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

This visa is for Australian citizens or permanent residents who wish to live and work in New Zealand.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Identity: You must provide proof of your identity. Immigration New Zealand will use your passport details to check your identity.

Australian immigration status: You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Immigration New Zealand will use your passport to check your Australian citizenship or immigration status. If you have a valid Australian passport, use it to travel to New Zealand. Otherwise you can use a foreign passport that confirms you’re both an Australian permanent resident, and hold either:

  • a valid Australian Permanent Resident Visa
  • a valid Australian Resident Return Visa.

Australia temporary residents aren’t eligible for this visa.

If your Australian Permanent Resident or Resident Return Visa has been issued electronically, it’s a good idea to check your visa is linked to the passport you’ll be travelling on. You can do this by contacting the Australian immigration authorities.

Character: You must be of good character. When you complete your arrival card, you’ll be asked some questions about your character.

You may not meet our good character requirements if any of the following apply:

  • You have a criminal record,
  • You have been deported, removed or excluded from another country.
  • Immigration New Zealand has reason to believe you may be a risk to New Zealand’s security, public order or public interest.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Step 1 – Check all the requirements for visa waiver travel

To be granted a visa when you arrive in New Zealand you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and be of good character.

If you are not sure you meet our requirements for good character, apply for a visa before you travel to New Zealand.

Step 2 – Check if you need to request an NZeTA

If you are a permanent resident of Australia you must hold an NZeTA before you travel, but you do not need to pay the International Visitor Levy (IVL).

Australian citizens do not need to hold an NZeTA or pay the IVL.

Step 3 – Apply for a resident visa on arrival

On your way to New Zealand, you will be given an arrival card to complete. It includes questions about your character and intentions.

When you arrive, Immigration New Zealand will check your arrival card. If they can confirm you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and meet our requirements for good character, you will be granted a New Zealand resident visa.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

  • You must have Australian Passport or
  • Australian Permanent Residency (PR) Grant Notification/Letter.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

You do not need to pay fee when approved a resident visa (as an Australian citizen or permanent resident) on arrival in New Zealand.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Additional information

  • Australian temporary residents are not entitled for this visa.
  • To apply to this visa, you must arrive in New Zealand.
  • If you depart New Zealand your resident visa status will expire — you can apply for a variation of travel conditions to let you travel without affecting your New Zealand residence status.
  • With just an Australian PR status, you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before you travel. You do not pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application Fee:

 

Do not need to pay fee

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Residence Visa Parent Retirement Resident Visa

New Zealand Residence Visa Parent Retirement Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $3,720

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

The parent retirement visa of New Zealand will allow you to join your adult child in New Zealand. This visa will permit you to live in New Zealand indefinitely. To be eligible for the Parent Retirement Resident Visa, you must be able to meet Immigration New Zealand’s financial requirements.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner in your visa application.
  • Apply for permanent residence after 4 years of keeping your funds invested in New Zealand.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand indefinably.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Your child’s immigration status: Your child must be a New Zealand citizen or resident

Your child’s place of residence: Your child must live in New Zealand

Dependent children: You must have no dependent children

Your relationship with the sponsoring child: You must be the parent or legal guardian of your child

Your relationship with your children: You must provide evidence of your relationship to all of your other children

Investment funds: You must have NZ $1 million or more to invest in New Zealand for 4 years

Source of investment funds: You must have earned or acquired your funds lawfully

Transfer investment funds: You must transfer your investment funds to New Zealand

Settlement funds: You must have at least NZ $500,000

Annual income: You must have an annual income of NZ $60,000 or more

Bring partner: Your partner must meet the requirements for this visa

Acceptable investments: You must invest NZ $1 million in acceptable investments in New Zealand for a minimum of 4 years

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Step 1 – You apply for residence

Complete a ‘Parent Retirement Category Residence Application’ and send it to Immigration New Zealand together with your application fee, immigration levy, and supporting documents.

Step 2 – Decision about your application

If your application is successful, we approve it in principle.

Step 3 – Transferring your funds to New Zealand and making your investment

If Immigration New Zealand accepts and approves your application in principle, you will have 12 months to transfer your funds and invest in an acceptable investment.

You must demonstrate that your funds or assets came from the genuine source you named in your residence application.

You may apply for a visitor visa before you plan to invest. You can check out all the investment opportunities before transferring your funds.

Step 4 – Your resident visa is approved

After your visa grant, the immigration department will check in with you to make sure you are meeting the rules of your visa like keeping your funds invested in New Zealand.

If you have met all the conditions at the end of your 4-year investment, you may be eligible for a Permanent Resident Visa.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

  • Completed and signed the application form.
  • Application fee and immigration levy.
  • Photocopies of the identity pages of my passport(s).
  • Two recent passport-size photographs of myself and each applicant.
  • Evidence related to my adult child and their immigration status.
  • Evidence of my nominated investment funds and settlement funds.
  • Evidence of my annual income.
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • Appropriate evidence to show that my partnership is genuine and stable (if applicable).
  • My/our full birth certificate(s).
  • My/our police certificate(s).
  • My/our completed medical and chest X-ray certificates if required

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

Application cost NZD$ 3,720

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. We do not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Additional information

  • If your visa is approved, you’ll have 12 months to transfer your investment funds to New Zealand.
  • If you want to come to New Zealand to explore investment opportunities, you should apply for work visa. If your spouse wants to come with you, they’ll need to apply for their own work or visitor visa.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application Fee:

 

NZD $3,720

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Residence Visa Parent Resident Visa

New Zealand Residence Visa Parent Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $2,250

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

If you have an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child/children who is able to fulfil eligible sponsor requirements and the earning requirements, you may be able to live in New Zealand permanently. The parent resident visa is issued based on EOI rounds. It is a two-stage process. Submitting an Expression of Interest is the first step. In the second step, you will be issued invitation to apply for New Zealand residence.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner in your residence application.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

This visa allows parents to join their children in New Zealand and is open to parents of an adult child (i.e. child over the age of 17) who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Eligibility requirements for you

  • You must meet health and character requirements.
  • You must have basic English language skill.
  • Your sponsoring child must have enough income to sponsor you.
  • You must have an adult child who is eligible to sponsor you.
  • Your sponsoring child must be a New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • Your sponsoring child must be living in New Zealand.
  • You must be the parent or legal guardian of the sponsoring child.

Eligibility requirements for your Sponsor

To be eligible, your sponsoring child must be:

  • be 18 or over
  • have been a New Zealand citizen or resident for at least 3 years before you apply for residence
  • Living in New Zealand
  • have spent 184 or more days in New Zealand in each of the 3 years before you apply for residence
  • ready to meet your living costs for the first 10 years of your residence, if you’re not able to
  • ready to cover the costs of sending you home, if required

Sponsor Child’s income

The sponsor child’s income must be based on the New Zealand median income for 2 out of the 3 years before the applicant proceeded for application submission. The median earning is modified each year, so the amount the sponsor will need to earn may change.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Stage 1

Expression of Interest

Step 1 – Expression of Interest

You must complete and send a ‘Parent Category Expression of Interest form’ together with your application fee.

Step 2 – Invitation to apply for residence

If Immigration New Zealand selects your EOI, you may be invited you to apply for residence.

Stage 2

Step 1 – Residence Application

You must complete and sign a ‘Parent Category Residence Application’. You will need to send it to Immigration New Zealand with your application fee, immigration levy and supporting documents, including your sponsor child’s completed ‘Sponsorship Form for Residence’.

Step 2 – Decision about your application

You will need to wait for a decision. If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

Applicant’s Documents

  • Application Form
  • Birth certificate(s) (for all applicants)
  • Marriage certificate(s) (if applicable)
  • Police certificates for all applicants – the certificates should be no more than six months old when lodged
  • Medical and X-ray certificates for all applicants – the certificates should be no more than
  • Three months old when lodged
  • Evidence of English language ability for all applicants
  • Evidence of your relationship with your sponsor
  • Inland Revenue tax statements for your sponsor/s to show their income, and
  • Other documentation as specified by INZ in your Invitation to Apply

Sponsor’s Documents

  • A valid New Zealand passport
  • A Certificate of New Zealand Citizenship
  • A recent official statement confirming their citizenship from the Department of Internal Affairs
  • Evidence your adult child is a New Zealand residence class visa holder can include an original or certified copy of:
  • A current New Zealand residence class visa in their passport or travel document, or
  • A valid Australian passport.

You must also provide evidence your adult child and their partner are actually residing in New Zealand. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • Correspondence (including post-marked envelopes) addressed to you from New Zealand
  • Employment references
  • Rates demands
  • Income tax returns
  • Mortgage documents
  • Documents showing household effects have been moved to New Zealand, and
  • Any other documents or evidence that proves they are actually living in New Zealand

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

State 1 Application cost:  NZD$ 490

Stage 2 Application cost: NZD$ 2,250

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. We do not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Additional information

Application Fee:

 

NZD $2,250

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Resident Visa Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

New Zealand Resident Visa Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $920

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

People who come to New Zealand as refugees or protected person are able to sponsor their family members. Under the policy of the Refugee Family Support Resident Visa, they can bring their family members to New Zealand. The Immigration New Zealand has limited the approval of this visa. 300 Refugee Family Support Resident Visas are issued every year. Sponsors must first register; if their registration is accepted, family members will be invited to apply for a visa.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application – if they were first included in your sponsor’s registration.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

This visa is for family members of New Zealand Residents who came to New Zealand as refugees or protected person. This visa will allow the family members to live in New Zealand indefinitely.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Eligible sponsor: You must have an eligible sponsor

Sponsor registration: Your sponsor must register as a tier one or tier two sponsor

Sponsorship obligations: Your sponsor must have the means to make sure you have somewhere reasonable to live when you arrive and for your first 2 years in New Zealand

Invitation to apply for residence: You must be invited to apply for residence

Identity: You must provide proof of your identity

Health: You must be in good health

Character: You must be of good character

Bring family: For your partner and dependent children to be included in your residence application, they must have been included in your sponsor’s registration.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Stage 1 – Sponsor’s Registration

Step 1 – Your sponsor registers with Immigration New Zealand

Your sponsor will need to complete a Refugee Family Support Category Sponsor Registration Form and send it to us with their registration fee and supporting documents.

Step 2 – Immigration New Zealand will select your sponsor’s registration and invite you to apply for residence

When Immigration New Zealand receives your sponsor’s registration, The Department will enter it into a Refugee Family Support Category queue for selection.

If Immigration Department accepts your sponsor’s registration, it will check they are an eligible sponsor before contacting them about their selection.

After this, you will be invited to apply for residence — You will have 12 months to send your visa application.

Residence is not guaranteed — as well as having a sponsor, you have to meet the other requirements for this visa.

Stage 2 – Resident visa application

Step 1 – Decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch.

Step 2 – You apply for residence

You can fill out a Residence application yourself or ask someone to help you. Because there are rules about giving immigration advice, it is important the person you ask is allowed to help you.

You will need to send your application together with your supporting documents and application fee.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

  • Completed application form.
  • Application fee and immigration levy.
  • Passports or travel documents for each person included in the application.
  • Full birth certificates for every person included in the application.
  • Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates for all applicants if required.
  • Police certificate(s) (less than six months old) for every person included in this application.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs of each person included in the application.
  • Required evidence as outlined in sections I to O, and in the Residence Guide (INZ 1002)

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

Stage 1 – Sponsor’s Registration

Application cost – NZD $ 100

Stage 2 – Resident visa application

Application Cost – NZD $ 920

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Additional information

Application Fee:

 

NZD $920

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Permanent Residence Religious Worker Residence

New Zealand Permanent Residence Religious Worker Residence

Application Fee:

 

NZD $1,800

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

Religious workers in New Zealand can apply New Zealand residence to live indefinitely. If you are living in New Zealand on a valid Religious Worker Work Visa you might be eligible to apply for New Zealand residence visa. You must have a valid offer of work and sponsorship from an accepted religious organisation that’s sponsoring you now, and 5 years’ related work experience.

With this visa you can

  • Work, live and study in New Zealand.
  • do the religious workfor the religious organisation that’s offering you sponsorship.
  • Include your spouse, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application. You must meet the minimum financial requirements, or your organisation sponsors them also.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

This is the permanent residence visa is for religious worker work visa holders who have held the work visa for at least 3 years.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Current work visa: You must have held a Religious Worker Work Visa for at least 3 years

Sponsorship: You must have an acceptable sponsor

Religious work: You must have an offer of ongoing religious work from your sponsor

Age: You must be 55 or under

English language: You must be able to speak English

Religious training and experience: You must have at least 5 years’ religious training and/or work experience

No welfare assistance: You must not have received any welfare benefits or assistance

Location: To apply for residence, you must be in New Zealand

Bring family: Your family must meet the requirements for a resident visa

Your relationship with your spouse: You and your partner must have been in a genuine relationship and long-lasting relationship for 12 months or more

Dependent children: Your children must be unmarried, dependent and 24 or under

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Step 1 – You apply for residence

Fill-up a residence application and send it to Immigration New Zealand with proper application fee, immigration levy and required documents, including:

  • a ‘Sponsorship Form for Religious Workers’ filled-up by your sponsor
  • a declaration from your sponsor explaining how your religious work will serve their religious aims
  • an employment agreement or description of your religious work.

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Step 2 – Decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will contact you.

Immigration New Zealand may ask you to face an interview which is a part of the process.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

Your application must contain the following documents:

  • Complete application form. Each person included in the application must sign the form.
  • Application fee and immigration levy.
  • Passports or travel documents (the original documents or certified copies) for each person included in
  • the application.
  • Full birth certificates for every person included in the application.
  • Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates for all applicants if required.
  • Police certificate(s) (less than six months old) for every person included in this application.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs of each person included in the application.
  • Required evidence as outlined in sections I to O, and in the Residence Guide (INZ 1002)

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

Application Fee is NZD $1,800. This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand will not refund or return your application fees. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Additional information

  • You can only apply for this visa if you’ve already held a valid Religious Worker Work Visa for 3 years or more.
  • If you add your spouse and dependent children in your visa application, they must meet some eligibility criteria including health, character and language ability.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application Fee:

 

NZD $1,800

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa

New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $1,800

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

Professionals and talents in the field of Arts, Culture and Sports can apply for New Zealand resident visa. If you have been dynamically involved in your declared field of exceptional talent for more than 2 years, you might be eligible for this visa.

Who is it for

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence voisa application.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa and have been actively involved in your declared field of talent for 2 years.
  • You must still be prominent in your declared field of talent and be able to enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments in that field.
  • You must have an acceptable sponsor and support from a New Zealand organisation of national repute in your declared field of talent.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

How to qualify

  • You must hold a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa and have held that visa for at 2 years;
  • You must have been actively engaged in your field of declared talent for the last 2 years;
  • You must show that you’re still valuable in your declared field of talent;
  • You must show your staying in New Zealand will improve New Zealand’s achievements and contribution in your declared field of talent;
  • You must have proper support of a New Zealand company of national repute; and
  • You must have an acceptable sponsor.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The process

Step 1 – Gather your documents

Prepare and gather all your documentation you need for this visa.

Step 2 – Submit your application

You can apply using a paper application form. The following two documents might guide you on how your should be proceeding.

Self Assess Guide for Residence in New Zealand (INZ 1003)PDF 320KB

Residence Guide (INZ 1002)PDF 323KB

Step 3 – Wait for a visa decision

If there is anything else you need to do, the Immigration officer will be in touch. You might be asked to face an interview.

You must hold a valid visa while you are in New Zealand. If you find your current temporary visa is expiring before, you should apply for a further temporary visa if you wish to stay in New Zealand.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The document needed

  • Completed application form – Residence Application form (INZ 1000). Each person included in the application must sign the form.
  • The application fee and immigration levy fee.
  • Your original Passports or travel documents (or certified copies) for each person included in your application.
  • Birth certificates and National IDs for every person included in the application.
  • Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates for all applicants if required.
  • Police certificate(s) for every person included in this application. This must be less than 6 months old.
  • Recent photographs of each person included in the application (35X45mm).

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Government Fees

Application Fee $ 1,800

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. NZ Immigration does not refund application costs if they decide to refuse your application.

A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Additional information

90% of applications are presently finalized within 30 months.

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions cancels. To travel after the expiration of your visa status, you will need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident Visa
  • a distinction of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date.

Application Fee:

 

NZD $1,800

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa Permanent Resident Visa Subclass

New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa Permanent Resident Visa Subclass

Application Fee:

 

NZD $141

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

If you have a New Zealand residence visa and have been staying in New Zealand for 2 years or more, you might be eligible to apply for a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa which would allow you to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.
  • Travel to and from New Zealand any time you like.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application – if you included them in your original residence application.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Who is it for

A Permanent Resident Visa is generally the final step after being approved a Resident Visa. Although, Resident Visas have some travel restrictions that only permit a person to re-enter New Zealand as a resident until a specific date, a Permanent Resident Visa permits indefinite re-entry to New Zealand.

How to qualify

  • You must have held your resident visa and been continuously living in New Zealand for at least 24 months at the time you apply for a permanent resident visa.
  • You must have sufficient evidence that you have met any conditions of your current resident visa.
  • If you were not the main applicant when you lodged your resident visa, you must lodge for your permanent resident visa at the same time or after the principal applicant, unless a non-principal exclusion applies.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The process

Step 1 – Apply for a permanent resident visa

To apply, you must have held a New Zealand resident visa for at least 2 years without any gap. You will also need to have an existing resident visa. If your resident visa expired then the expiration must not be more than 3 months ago. You will need to fill in an appropriate Application from a Resident or Former Resident Holder. You may consider reading an official Guide for Resident and Former Resident Visa Holders to enter New Zealand as a resident (INZ 1176)

Step 2 – New Zealand Immigration makes a decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, the immigration officer will be in touch.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The document needed

Please read the Guide for Resident and Former Resident Visa Holders to enter New Zealand as a resident (INZ 1176) before you fill up the application form. The guide gives comprehensive information about the evidence and papers you need to send. Do not use this form if you are a New Zealand citizen. Complete the form New Zealand Citizen Endorsement Application (INZ 1174).

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Government Fees

The application Fee is NZD$141

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. NZ Immigration will not refund application costs if they decide to decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Additional information

Things to note

  • If you need to travel, your Permanent Resident Visa must be in a valid passport. You may need to apply to transfer your permanent resident visa to your new passport.
  • Non-principal applicants can’t apply for permanent residence before the principal applicant, unless a non-principal exception applies.
  • If the New Zealand Immigration is not able to grant you a Permanent Resident Visa, they may be able to offer you another resident visa or a variation of your resident visa travel conditions. This would give you more time to travel to and from New Zealand as a resident.
  • People directly impacted by the Christchurch terrorist attacks on 15 March 2019 and their New Zealand-based family can apply for permanent residence using a different visa process.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Application Fee:

 

NZD $141

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Permanent Residency Entrepreneur Resident Visa

New Zealand Permanent Residency Entrepreneur Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $4,140

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

This entrepreneur residence category visa is issued to individuals who have formed a business entity in New Zealand that has demonstrated growth, possibility and innovation. The entrepreneur resident visa can only be granted to an immigrant entrepreneur who has a valid entrepreneur work visa.  Whereas the entrepreneur work visa allows a person to buy or start a business activity in New Zealand, the entrepreneur residence visa lets a person become a resident of New Zealand if the business is proved to be innovative and successful.

With this visa you can

  • Continue to run your own business in New Zealand.
  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your spouse, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa residence application

Things to note

If you apply after less than 2 years of being self-employed in New Zealand, you’ll be required to have an Entrepreneur Work Visa, have invested minimum NZ $500,000 and have formed 3 new job opportunities in New Zealand.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Who is it for

This visa is for business owners and entrepreneurs who have operated a business for two years on a different visa that allows self-employment. This visa will allow the applicant to become New Zealand Resident.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

How to qualify

To be eligible for the Entrepreneur Resident Visa, you must consider following criteria:

  • You must be able to provide an English Test result with your application. English language test results must be no more than 2 years old;
  • Your partner and dependent children must meet all the visa requirements for this visa;
  • You must have a valid Entrepreneur Work Visa if you have been self-employed for less than two years;
  • you meet all the requirements for an Entrepreneur Work Visa;
  • You must provide evidence that shows how long you’ve been running your business in New Zealand, which may include: a certificate of incorporation, audited financial statements, GST records, and etc;
  • You must have invested at least as much capital as outlined in your business plan;
  • create 5 or more jobs for New Zealanders; and
  • Make sale/turnover NZ $500,000 in annual exports.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The process

Step 1 – You apply for residence

Once you have been working in your own business in New Zealand for 6 months, you can apply for residence.

If you have made an investment of less than NZ$500,000 or created less than 3 new jobs, you will need to wait 2 years before you can proceed to visa apply.

You will need to complete the ‘Entrepreneur Residence Visa Application’ and send it to NZ immigration with your application fee, immigration levy and the supporting documents listed in the application’s checklist.

You may read the following guide to understand the process and requirements.

Step 2 – Assessment of your application

If NZ officer needs any more information to assess your application, they will contact you.

Step 3 – You send the information asked for

When NZ immigration processing team contacts you to explain what information you need to provide, they give you a date they need that information by. You must provide your information and supporting documents by the due date.

Step 4 – Wait for a decision

If you’ve been self-employed for less than 2 years, there will be conditions that You must meet, like continuing to work for yourself in your own business activity, sustaining your capital investment and a minimum number of new employment opportunities your business has created.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The document needed

  • A completed and signed the application form;
  • Current passport(s) or certificate(s) of identity (the original documents or certified copies) for every person included in this application;
  • Two passport-sized photographs of every person included in this application;
  • Full birth certificate(s) for every person included in this application;
  • Application fee and immigration levy fee;
  • Evidence that you (main applicant) meet the minimum standard of English;
  • Evidence that any partner and/or dependent children included in the application meets the minimum standard of English;
  • Evidence of your relationship with your partner and dependent children (if applicable);
  • Evidence that your partner (if applicable) and you meet Partnership Instructions requirements.
  • Evidence of good medical report; and
  • Police certificate(s) (less than six months old) for every person included in this application who are 17 years and above.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Government Fees

Application cost: $ 4,140

This is the charge for New Zealand Immigration to process your application. Immigration department does not refund application costs if they decide to refuse your application.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Additional information

Application Fee:

 

NZD $4,140

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Permanent Residence Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa Subclass

New Zealand Permanent Residence Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa Subclass

Application Fee:

 

NZD $635

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

If you have had a Global Impact Work Visa (GIV) for 30 months or more, you can apply for this residence visa to live in New Zealand Indefinitely.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.
  • Travel to and from New Zealand any time you like.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

If you want to travel, your Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa will need to be in a valid passport. You may need to apply to transfer your visa to a new passport.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Who is it for

Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa is for the people who have brilliant and extraordinary entrepreneurial minds and can create a positive impact globally and in the lives of New Zealanders.

How to qualify

You must hold a valid Global Impact Work Visa. You must have held your Global Impact Work Visa for at least 30 months.

You need to show that you have the support of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship

You must be able to provide evidence that you are a current member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, and the Fellowship supports your application for residence.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The process

You must check the government website before you plan to apply for Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa. Temporary visa applications from outside New Zealand or a quarantine-free travel zone are currently suspended, unless you are exempt. Refer to the COVID-19 information page on this website for further information.

New Zealand offices are open. Offices outside of New Zealand are open except for the UK, US and India. Processing of critical visas related to COVID-19 requests for entry to New Zealand are being prioritised based on the direction of the New Zealand Government.

Travellers coming from outside a quarantine-free travel zone will not be able to board a flight to New Zealand without a voucher confirming allocation in a managed isolation facility. COVID testing and 14-day stays in managed isolation facilities are mandatory.

Application Process:

Step 1 – Apply for the Global Impact Permanent Residence Visa

To apply, you must presently hold a valid Global Impact work visa and have held this visa for at least 30 months.

You will be required to fill in a Global Impact Permanent Residence Application form and send it to NZ Immigration.

Step 2 – Decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, you will be contacted immediately by NZ Immigration.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The document needed

  • Your passport
  • Photographs (35 mm wide and 45 mm high)
  • You need to show that you have the support of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship
  • You must be able to provide evidence that you are a current member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship
  • You must be in good health. You must have a chest x-ray and a medical examination as proof of your good health.
  • Police clarence from each country you lived long period of time in the past 10 years.
  • Evidence of marriage
  • Evidence of dependent family members
  • Evidence of your current employment and income.

You will need to provide more documents as per the requirements of NZ Immigration.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Government Fees

Application Fees might be appx. NZD $635

Application fees may vary from country to country. Please check government website for visa application fees.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Additional information

Application Fee:

 

NZD $635

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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New Zealand Permanent Residence Investor-2-resident-visa

New Zealand Permanent Residence Investor-2-resident-visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $4,960

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

Successful business owners who have at least NZD $3 million in available funds or assets can apply for New Zealand residence. This residence application must be proceeded by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) which would tell the NZ Immigration about your business career and investment. You and your partner and dependent children can apply for New Zealand residence once your EOI is successful.

With this visa you can

  • Live and work in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

NZ Immigration uses a points-based system to assess eligibility for Investor 2 Resident Visas. If your expression of interest (EOI) is successfully selected then you will be invited to apply for residence, you’ll have 4 months to send your visa application.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Who is it for

This visa is for those who want to invest in New Zealand and become eligible for permanent residence.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

How to qualify

There are some basic eligibility requirements in order to apply

  • Age: You must be 65 or under
  • Successful business experience: You must have at least 3 years’ recognised business experience
  • Transfer investment funds: You must transfer your investment funds to New Zealand
  • Investment funds: You must have at least NZ $3 million to invest in New Zealand for 4 years
  • Source of investment funds: You must have earned or acquired your funds lawfully
  • Acceptable investments: You must invest your nominated investment funds in acceptable investments in New Zealand for a minimum of 4 years
  • Health and character: You must be in good health and character

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The process

Step 1 – Expression of Interest

Complete an ‘Expression of Interest (EOI)’ form and submit together with your application fee. You are not required to send any supporting documents with your EOI.

Step 2 – Invitation to apply for residence

If you are awarded enough points for your EOI, you will be invited to apply for residence. If this happens, you will have 4 months to send your application and supporting documents.

You will also need to pay an application fee and immigration levy.

Step 3 – Transferring your funds to New Zealand and making your Investment.

If NZ Immigration approves your application in principle, you will have 12 months to transfer your funds to New Zealand and invest in an acceptable investment.

Step 4 – Grant of your residence visa

After the grant of your visa, NZ Immigration checks in with you to make sure you are meeting the conditions of your visa like keeping your funds invested and spending time in New Zealand.

If you have met all the conditions at the end of your four-year investment, you may be eligible for a permanent resident visa.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

The document needed

  • Current Passport with sufficient validity
  • Birth Certificates
  • National ID
  • Police Clearance
  • Evidence of liquid Funds like bank statements
  • Evidence of asset
  • A recent valuation report for your property from a registered valuer
  • Evidence of earning or acquiring funds and/or assets List your earnings for at least the last five years that may include personal tax returns or tax certificates, pay slips, letters of appointment, employer certificates, bank statements demonstrating receipt of earnings. Business profits and dividends, business financial statements, evidence of ownership or shareholding in the business, bank statements showing receipt of dividends, director’s drawing’s and so on. Property
  • Evidence of capital appreciation of property, measured as the current value (or sale price if property has been sold) less purchase price, eg solicitor’s settlement documents, bank statements showing your receipt of sale proceeds, valuation report for property currently owned.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Government Fees

Application Fee: NZD$4,960

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. This fee is not refundable if your application is declined.

Source: New Zealand Immigration

Additional information

Application Fee:

 

NZD $4,960

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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