Apply For A New Zealand Residence Visa

Are you aspiring to become a resident of New Zealand? We offer expert assistance in qualifying for a residence visa. With an impressive 95% success rate in application approvals, our consultancy services ensure a smooth and accurate process. Whether your goal is to study, work, or live in New Zealand, our licensed immigration consultants can help you become a New Zealand residence class visa holder as soon as possible.

To ensure you’re on the right track, we provide a complimentary consultation to assess your eligibility for a residence visa. Our immigration consultants will review your case, understand your requirements, and guide you through the next steps.

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Different Ways To Become A Residence Class Visa Holder

New Zealand offers different types of residence visas with opportunities to reside in the country for as long as you want. You can either apply for a temporary visa, or a resident visa which allows you to:

 Make multiple trips to New Zealand within the visa’s travel condition validity.

 Stay indefinitely in New Zealand, contingent upon being granted entry permission.

Residence Visa

You can also apply for a permanent resident visa if you already have a resident visa and you frequently extend it. This shows your genuine desire to live in the country. A permanent resident visa allows you to:

• Enter to New Zealand at any time without any travel restrictions.

• Live in the country permanently.

Work to Residence Visa

This visa category is suitable for individuals who are employed by an accredited employer NZ or have received a job offer from one, with their position falling within Tier 1 of the Green List. This visa facilitates indefinite residence, employment, and educational pursuits within the country. Moreover, it extends the provision to include your partner and dependent children within your residence application.

Key Considerations:

• Eligibility requires current employment with an accredited employer or a confirmed job offer.

• You have the option to either initiate your journey on a work visa within New Zealand and subsequently apply for the Straight to Residence Visa, or alternatively, submit your application from outside the country.

• It is imperative to provide English translations for any supporting documentation in languages other than English as part of your application process.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

The SMC Resident Visa is for individuals possessing the skills essential for New Zealand's economic advancement. This particular visa affords the privilege of indefinite residence in the country. Those seeking to operate their own business are advised to explore the Entrepreneur Resident Visa option.

To initiate the application process under the migrant category, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in which you should highlight your professional background and qualifications. The selection of applications is followed by a points-based framework to assess expressions of interest.

Preference is given to EOIs with a point total of 180 or higher. Notably, this visa classification is not applicable to self-employed individuals. Effective October 9, 2023, revisions will be implemented in the migrant visa criteria. This particular visa affords the privilege of indefinite residence in the country.

Pacific Access Category Resident Visa

If you are a citizen of Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, or Fiji, you have the opportunity to participate in a registration ballot under the pacific access category. Successful selection from the ballot could lead to an invitation to apply for New Zealand residence.

This visa allows you to reside, work, and pursue studies in New Zealand, along with the option to include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application, provided they were initially included in your ballot registration.

The visa quotas for the 2022 and 2023 ballots include 150 Kiribati citizens, 150 Tuvaluan citizens, 500 Tongan citizens, and 500 Fijian citizens.

Straight to Residence Visa

If you have an offer letter from an INZ accredited employer or have been working for one for a long time and your role is on Tier 1 of the Green List, you can apply for a residence visa. You can also sponsor your partner and dependent children in your application. Your dependent children must be single and are financially dependent on you.

Dependent Child Resident Visa

For New Zealand citizens or residents, the opportunity exists to reunite with their children by bringing them to reside within New Zealand. Depending on their age and circumstances, they may also pursue educational or occupational undertakings locally.

Entrepreneur Resident Visa

This visa category is suitable for individuals who have maintained a self-employed status within New Zealand for a minimum of 6 months, or those who have successfully operated a self-employed business for a period of 2 years, make a capital investment of at least NZ $500,000, and contribute to the creation of 3 new job positions in New Zealand.

Eligibility For Residence Class Visa Holder

In New Zealand, being a Residence Class Visa holder denotes more than simply your legal standing; it's an invitation to immerse oneself in a universe of opportunities. This visa gives you the freedom to call this fascinating country home. Your journey as a holder of a Residence Class Visa is sure to be an enriching and gratifying experience because you will have access to education, healthcare, and a high standard of life.

Depending on the particular category or stream under which you are applying, there may be variations in the requirements for obtaining a Residence Class Visa in New Zealand. However, a few standard requirements are as follows:

• Eligibility Category

• Good health and Character

• Age (for some categories)

• Proofs of identity and relationship

• Employment or investment documents

• English language proficiency

• Finances to cover you

• Sponsorship

• Expression of interest EOI

Criteria Demonstrating Dedication to New Zealand

These are the criteria for showing your commitment to New Zealand:

• You have accumulated a sufficient duration of stay within the country.

• As a resident, you have resided in New Zealand for a minimum of 184 days in each of the two 12-month segments during the 24 months immediately preceding your application for a permanent resident visa.

• No additional documentation is required apart from your passport.

Visa Processing Time

The processing time for a residence visa varies from case to case. However, in the majority of cases, the time period is between 1 and 3 months.

It's important to remember that the immigration rules may change and that the particular requirements for each of the residence categories can differ significantly. Depending on your unique circumstances and the category you are interested in, it is advised to speak with us for the most accurate and current information regarding residency in NZ.

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As Auckland’s leading immigration Consultants, we are experts at assisting those who would like to migrate to New Zealand.

Whether it is a skilled migrant visa, work to residence visa, work visa, essential skills work visa, residence visa or something else that you require, our fully licensed immigration advisers can provide you with up to date information  and walk you  through advice.

Below is a list of the visas and migration options that we can help you with.

Work Visa

Visitor Visa

Assists you in coming over to New Zealand for a holiday or to stay in New Zealand temporarily. It is usually for visiting friends and relatives as well as sightseeing or could be for a dependent of a work visa or a student visa holder.

Visitor Visa

Student Visa

This enables a client to gain primary, secondary as well as tertiary education in New Zealand.  Auckland South Immigration Consultants Limited liaises with various recognised Tertiary Institutions to assist in career development in many occupations

Student Visa NZ

Work Visa

This could be through a job offer from a New Zealand employer, gaining Study to Work Instructions through a Graduate Job Search Visa or a Graduate work experience visa, joining a New Zealand resident or citizen as a partner or joining a student or work visa holder.

Residence Visa

A resident visa allows you to travel to and enter New Zealand anytime and allows you to stay in New Zealand Indefinitely.

Family/Partner Catagory Visa

Involves all types of visa applications. Talk to us today to see how we can help.

Skilled Migrant Visa

See the new changes to legislation for 2022/23

Paretnal Residence Visa

See the new changes to legislation for 2022/23

Special Cases

Pacific Access Category

New Zealand welcomes a number of citizens from the Pacific to settle in New Zealand each year.

Section 61 - Unlawful overstay

New Zealand welcomes a number of citizens from the Pacific to settle in New Zealand each year.

Domestic Violence

In cases of domestic violence, Immigration New Zealand may grant a special visa to allow continued stay in the country.

Deportation & Appeals

Deportation can be triggered by a number of factors. Let the team at ASIC see your situation and help.

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