UPDATED: Wednesday, 07 December 2020
Skilled Migrant Category – SMC
Skilled Migrant Category – SMC
Are you a skilled worker already working in New Zealand and wish to stay in here on more permanent basis, or maybe an offshore worker with unique set of skills in demand in New Zealand who wish to gain New Zealand resident status before arrival? Find out what are the criteria and requirements for Skilled Migrant Category residence application, whether you can meet them now or in the future, and whether you can qualify for enough points to make your Expression of Interest. (More Information) Contact GO Immigration for a full eligibility assessment and advice. Important Note: Due to COVID-19, selections for expressions of interest are suspended until further notice.
Permanent Residence Visa
Congratulations, you have been a New Zealand resident and now you may be ready for a next step, to become a permanent resident of New Zealand. But, there are still conditions that you need to meet and you want to be sure that everything is in order. A Permanent Resident Visa is usually the next step after being granted a Resident Visa. While Resident Visas have travel conditions that only allow a person to re-enter New Zealand as a resident until a certain date, a Permanent Resident Visa allows indefinite re-entry to New Zealand. (More Information)
Residence from Work
Are you on your pathway to residence and due to apply for your residency in New Zealand? Did you know that resident status brings more responsibilities and obligations which you need to meet, which is why Immigration New Zealand have more strict criteria and looks more closely when deciding resident visa applications?
Variation of Travel Conditions to residence visa
You can travel in and out of New Zealand for up to 2 years on most resident visas. If you want to extend this time you need to apply for a variation of conditions. If you travel from New Zealand to another country after your travel conditions have expired, your visa will expire too. You will not be allowed to come back to New Zealand unless you get another valid visa.
Do you have a partner who is a New Zealand citizen or resident visa holder? Do you wish to reunite but not sure if you meet strict and complex immigration rules? If you’re the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently. If you’re granted residence, you can live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely. Furthermore, if your partner is a New Zealand citizen and the two of you have been living together outside of New Zealand for 5 years or more, you may be granted a permanent resident visa. However, your partnership will be looked at closely by Immigration New Zealand and you will need to meet the requested criteria before you are granted residency based on your relationship with a New Zealander.
Parent Resident Visa
Are your children permanently settled in New Zealand? Would you like to join them, make New Zealand your home and see your grandchildren grow? If you have an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child who earns enough and agrees to sponsor you, you may be able to live in New Zealand permanently. You need to send us an expression of interest explaining how you meet the requirements and be sponsored by your child, or your child and their partner, and we may invite you to apply for residence. (More Information) Important note: Due to COVID-19, selections for expressions of interest are suspended until further notice.
Parent Retirement Resident Visa
If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently. You’ll need an annual income of NZ $60,000 plus NZ $1 million to invest for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on. Once you’ve completed the 4-year investment period, you’ll be eligible for permanent residence. (More Information)
Are you a dependent child of your parents who are New Zealand citizens or resident? Children who are single, financially reliant and the right age, can be included in their parent’s visa application. Alternatively, they may be able to apply for a visa based on their relationship to their parent, if their parent already has or is applying for a visa, or is a New Zealand citizen.
If you are a Religious workers, who’ve been doing religious work in New Zealand on a valid Religious Worker Work Visa for the last 3 years, then you may be eligible for this resident visa. To apply you’ll need an offer of continuing religious work and sponsorship from the religious organisation that’s sponsoring you now. You’ll need to have an offer of continuing work and sponsorship from the religious organisation that’s sponsoring you now, and 5 years’ religious work experience and/or training. (More Information)