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2021 Resident Visa - FAQs

(Updated on 2 December 2021)

Before checking out some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2021 Resident Visa and our answers below, you may wish to first read the page where we have put together a summary: 2021 Resident Visa - Explained.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the 2021 Resident Visa:

Can family be included in the new 2021 Resident Visa?

Yes, you can include your partner and/or dependent children in this visa. There will be one single residence application that includes the whole family, not separate applications for each family member.

Family members do not need to meet the same requirements as the principal applicant in terms of being in New Zealand, holding an acceptable visa, or meeting settled/skilled/scarce: offshore family members without a visa are eligible to be included, and may (once the resident visa is granted) travel to New Zealand, pending MIQ and health requirements for border entry.


Can my partner be included if they have lived with me for less than 12 months?

Yes, but the decision on your partner’s resident visa application will be deferred until the 12-month ‘living together’ requirement is met. If necessary, the partner may be granted a work visa with sufficient duration for the 12-month ‘living together’ duration to be met.

Relationships with a short duration, or with substantial periods of separation (apart from separation obviously related to the border closure), or with little to no time spent ‘living together" can be more difficult to establish in the visa application.


How do children meet ‘dependent child’ requirements?

Children aged 0-17 are dependent if they are single.

Children aged 18-20 are dependent if they are single and have no children of their own.

Children aged 21-24 are dependent if they are single, childless, and substantially reliant on their supporting parent(s) for financial support. Evidence may be required to establish financial reliance.

Children aged 25 and over are normally not considered ‘dependent’ under any circumstances, but for the 2021 Resident Visa, some (but not all) children aged 25 and over may be approved in a separate application. Please ask us or INZ for more details.

If your child is overseas and under 16 years old, and one of their parents is not included in the application (eg. the supporting parent is a single mother, divorced from the father who remains in the home country), then evidence may be required to show the right to remove the child from their home country. If your child is adopted, we strongly recommend consulting a professional as international conventions may or may not complicate INZ’s recognition of your parenthood.


How long will the 2021 Resident Visa take to process?

The government expects to process most visa applications within 12 months of submission, but applications may be processed much sooner than this. Requirements for this visa have been tailored for quick processing: the government has publicly committed to not creating another years-long queue like the one that affected the SMC and Residence from Work categories.


Will there be English language requirements or age limits for the 2021 Resident Visa? 



What about police and medical certificates?

Police certificates from foreign countries will not be required unless requested by INZ. INZ will conduct its own NZ police check during the application process, you do not need to provide anything for this.

Medical certificates will be required. If you submitted medical certificates in the last 36 months in a previous application you might not need to provide new ones. We recommend not getting this too early if you are submitting in March 2022: unsubmitted medicals are valid for just 3 months from issue, so if you get these too early then they may expire before you are eligible to apply.


What will be the application fee for the 2021 Resident Visa? 

The cost of the 2021 Resident Visa will be $2,160, which includes a $1330 application fee and $830 immigration levy.

Charges will be collected differently for those who have already submitted an EOI or application for residence, and those who have not:

  • Applicants who submitted an EOI or application under SMC or Residence from Work:
    • You might not have to pay an application fee when you apply. When the application is decided, you will be offered to withdraw your previous application or EOI and either receive a refund or pay the difference in price, depending on whether your previous payment was higher or lower than the application fee.
  • Applicants who did not submit an EOI or application for residence:
    • You will need to pay the full application fee and levy of $2160 when you lodge the application.


Can I do anything now to prepare for the 2021 Resident Visa?

You can secure our services today!

If you commit to signing with us by 31 January 2022, and pre-pay your first instalment at the time, we can offer you a lower price than we would normally charge. You will have peace of mind knowing that your application is in good hands – although we cannot submit your application immediately, we will commit to doing so as soon as we can. 

We include a free, no-obligations eligibility assessment as part of the package, and if we deem you to meet eligibility you’ll be invited to sign with us. Pre-pay your fees, and you will be eligible for a refund later (subject to our refund policy, which will be given to you before you pay). 

You can find out our service fee here.

To sign up for our application service, you can use our Eligibility Test Tool and complete the form here.


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