There's a new one-off resident visa announced by the NZ government last September. The said visa is offered to eligible temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand. Those who have critical purpose visas may also be eligible to get one if they're going to New Zealand between September 30, 2021 and July 31, 2022 on long-term visas.
Those who are planning to apply may include their partners and dependents as part of the residence applications, including those currently outside New Zealand. This means more work visa holders can remain in the country permanently.
The visa is to recognise the contribution migrants have given to the country, especially during the pandemic. This will also allow employers to keep migrant workers considering their huge contribution to New Zealand's economy. Immigration New Zealand is expecting around 165,000 migrants to be eligible for this new visa.
There will be two phases for the applications. Eligible applicants may apply from December 01, 2021 and from March 01, 2022 for remaining eligible applicants. All applicants must submit their applications by July 31, 2022.
The applicants must have met the criteria on September 29, 2021.
You are eligible to apply if:
Applicants must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
If you have lived in New Zealand for the past 3 years or more, you may be eligible for this criteria:
The time you have spent in New Zealand doesn't need to be consecutive, and there is no minimum amount within a calendar year. You may request for your travel movements from Immigration New Zealand if you want to check how much time you have spent in the country.
If you're being paid the median wage of $27 per hour or above on September 29, 2021, you're eligible under this criteria.
You must be working in a job that is on a scarce list on September 29, 2021.
List of jobs included:
Note: If you meet the criteria above but are currently in Australia and have been unable to come back to New Zealand by September 29, 2021, you may be considered eligible.
On September 29 all applicants must have been on one of the following visas or have applied for them and later granted:
There are two groups of Critical Purpose visitor visa holders eligible:
Just make sure you arrive in New Zealand and apply before July 31, 2022.
Those who are in a short term or seasonal role on a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa such as fishing crew, shearers, agricultural operators, etc. are not eligible.
Short-term visa holders, including visitors, students, working holiday makers, and seasonal workers or those who are in the country as short-term critical workers are not eligible.
If you don't meet the criteria mentioned, you can check other residence pathways or temporary visa options available for you.
The applications will be open in 2 phases.
The first group can apply from December 01, 2021, if you've done of the following:
Other eligible applicants may apply from March 01, 2022, including those who have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest.
You may submit your applications online. Make sure to submit your application on or before July 31, 2022. If you can apply from December 01, 2021, you may expect an email from Immigration New Zealand by the end of this month with additional information.
Applicants can expect their applications to be processed within 12 months, or earlier.
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