The Government has introduced the 2021 Resident Visa. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/one-residence-pathway-provides-certainty-migrants-and-business
An anticipated 165,000 permanent resident visas will be available for qualifying applicants to seek. It may seem straight-forward. My advice is to see your trusted and experienced immigration lawyer.
- have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and
- be on an eligible visa or have applied for an eligible visa before 29 September 2021 that is later granted.
In addition applicants must also meet one of f the following criteria:
- have lived in New Zealand for three or more years, or
- earn at or above the median wage ($27 per hour), or
- work in a role on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, or
- hold occupational registration and work in the health or education sector, or
- work in personal care or other critical health worker roles, or
- work in a specified role in the primary industries; or
- critical workers, and their families, for roles six months or longer until 31 July 2022.
Key dates and key points:
- Applicants must meet requirements on 29 September 2021.
- Phase 1 applications can be submitted from 1 December 2021 if you have submitted:
- A SMC RV application; OR
- A Residence From Work application; OR
- An SMC Expression of EOI which included a dependent child aged 17 years or older.
- Phase 2 applications can be submitted from 1 March 2022 for all other eligible applicants.
- These will be online applications.
- All applications must be submitted by 31 July 2022.