Resident Visas

New Zealand offers a range of Resident Visas for individuals looking to make the country their new home. This comprehensive guide aims to delve into the specifics of each type of Resident Visa, helping you understand the eligibility criteria, application process, and benefits.

Types of Resident Visas

Skill-Based Resident Visas

1. Skilled Migrant Category (6-point system)

  • Effective Date: The new 6-point system will be effective from October 9, 2023, replacing the previous 180-point system.
  • Eligibility: Points are awarded based on your New Zealand professional registration, qualifications, or income.
  • Additional Points: If you don’t reach 6 points, you can claim up to 3 additional points for skilled work experience in New Zealand.
  • Skilled Work Definition: Occupations under ANZSCO 1-3 paid at the median wage or ANZSCO 4-5 occupations paid at 1.5x the median wage.

2. Straight to Residence: Tier 1 of Green List

  • Eligibility: Targeted at migrant workers in specific sectors like health, construction, and ICT.
  • Requirements: Must work for an accredited employer and meet role-specific criteria on the Green List.
  • Contract Terms: The role must be full-time and either permanent or at least a 12-month fixed-term contract. Independent contractors may also qualify under certain conditions.

3. Work to Residence: Tier 2 of Green List

  • Effective Date: Eligibility starts from September 2023 for those who have worked in certain roles for at least 24 months.
  • Requirements: Must hold an Accredited Employer Work Visa or another work visa applied for before July 4, 2022, and meet employment requirements in a Tier 2 Green List occupation.

4. Work to Residence: Care Workforce

  • Effective Date: Eligibility starts from September 29, 2023.
  • Eligibility: Must be working in specific roles like Nursing Support Worker or Therapy Aide and be paid at the Level 4 rate (currently NZD 28.25/hr) or more.
  • Requirements: Must hold an Accredited Employer Work Visa or another work visa applied for before July 4, 2022.

5. Work to Residence: Transport Sector

  • Eligibility: Professions like Bus Driver and Ship’s Master are eligible for a 2-year work to residence pathway starting from September 29, 2023.
  • Review: The agreement is uncapped and will be reviewed after 12 months.

Family-Based Resident Visas

1. Parent Resident Visa

  • Eligibility: Parents of a New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • Sponsorship: The child must meet certain income thresholds and agree to sponsor the parent(s).
  • Application Process: An Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted, and selections occur quarterly.

2. Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

  • Eligibility: Must be in a genuine and stable relationship with a New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • Evidence Required: Proof of cohabitation, shared finances, and social recognition of the relationship.

Understanding the intricacies of New Zealand’s immigration system is crucial for a successful migration journey. This page aims to provide a detailed overview to help you navigate the various pathways to residency. This content is a general guide and is not a substitute for professional advice. For personalised advice, book an appointment with one of our Licensed Immigration Advisors.

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