Residence Visa

Due to economic growth and a vast range of career opportunities in and around New Zealand, every year, over 70,000 foreigners make New Zealand their new home. Before you can move and legally reside on New Zealand soil, you will be required to obtain a residential visa. A residential visa refers to a legal document issued by the New Zealand government which grants you the legal rights to live and travel throughout New Zealand. Obtaining a residential visa for New Zealand is not a widely available opportunity that anyone can take advantage of. To be able to apply for a residential visa in New Zealand, in most cases, you must either be a skilled worker or have a partner that is already a New Zealand resident or citizen who can support your residential visa application. If you are not sure where to get started or what you need to do for your New Zealand residential visa application, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our residential visa advisors for more help with your residential visa application process.

If you want to legally reside in New Zealand, you need to apply and obtain a residential visa. There are two main types of residential visas which include a skilled migrant category resident visa and a partnership-based resident visa. Click on the “Learn More” button below to find out more about New Zealand’s residential visas before you compile all of the necessary documentation and proceed with your application.


What Is a Residential Visa?

A residential visa is a legal document issued by the New Zealand government that authorises you with the legal right to live in the country without any constraints. The two main types of residential visas in New Zealand include Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) resident visa and Partnership-based Resident Visa. Which one you should apply for depends on your personal circumstances.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa: The New Zealand government welcomes individuals to live and work in the country who have the skills needed to contribute to New Zealand economic growth. The New Zealand government is looking for skilled and qualified individuals across a large number of industries. Some of them include engineering, education, oil & gas, hospitality, construction, science, agriculture & forestry, and healthcare. If you believe that you are a skilled individual who can contribute to New Zealand economic growth and wish to make New Zealand your home, you can apply for the SMC resident visa. To do that, you need to send an expression of interest (EOI) where you will tell the regulatory body about your work experience and qualifications. If your EOI is successful, you will be offered the opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand. The great thing about this type of visa is that it gives you indefinite permission to live and work in New Zealand.

Partnership-Based Resident Visa: If your partner is a New Zealand citizen or holds a New Zealand residence visa, you can apply to live in New Zealand on a permanent basis. If you are granted a partnership-based resident visa, you can live, work, and study in New Zealand indefinitely. If you have dependent children aged 24 and under, you can include them in your visa application. If you have questions regarding your residential visa, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email on X or call us on X and one of our residential visa immigration advisors will reach back to you as soon as possible.

Who Needs a Residential Visa?

If you want to make New Zealand your permanent or temporary home, you will need to apply for a residential visa. As we mentioned previously, the two most popular sought after residential visas are the SMC (Skilled Migrant Category and Partnership-based Residential Visa. If you aren’t quite sure as to what kind of residential visa you need for your plans and circumstances, it is worth contacting our immigration team who can further assist you with both advice and your application process.

The Typical Residential Visa Application Process

Before you can apply for a residential visa, you will need to acquire all of the relevant supporting documentation and fill out all of the relevant forms required for your residential visa application. Those can range anything from your level of qualifications to proof of ability to financially support yourself while in New Zealand. The supporting documentation will depend on the type of residential visa that you are applying for. After you have all of the relevant documentation for your application, you can submit your visa application for review. Once you do that, all that is left is waiting for the relevant body’s decision on your application. During this stage, your application can either be accepted, declined, or on the rare occasion, postponed where you will need to submit more supporting documentation. This can delay the decision process. If you are unsure of where to get started, or what supporting documentation you need for your circumstances, feel free to reach out to one of our immigration advisors on X or via email at X.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Residential Visa?

Once you officially submit your residential visa application, all you now need to do is wait for a decision to be made. This process typically takes anywhere between 10 to 12 weeks depending on when you apply and the demand for residential visas at your time of application. In rare cases, your visa may be delayed if the regulatory body requires you to send in more supporting information for your visa application. In most cases, this information involves financial statements, flights to New Zealand, and more. In case your visa is rejected, you can apply again straight away. Whether you want to find out what went wrong with your initial application or want to seek the professional help of a visa expert so that you can get it right the first time, getting a professional to take care of your application is always a good idea.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional For Your Visa Application

When dealing with legal documentation that you don’t understand, which can have a big impact on the potential success of your visa application, it is always a good idea to seek the help of a professional. When applying for a residential visa, you want to make sure that your application is successful from your first attempt. Otherwise, any rejected applications will likely cost you more money, cause you the extra hassle, and require more time figuring out your application was unsuccessful in the first place. To prevent such headaches from happening, hundreds of foreign individuals who seek to make New Zealand their home come to us every year for help with their resident visa applications. Over the last 20 years, our average visa application success rate is 97%. Besides that, some other benefits of hiring a professional for the completion of your residential visa application include the following:

  • Dedicated residence visa advisor that can support you at every step of your application process
  • Years of knowledge and expertise in applications for residential visas
  • You don’t really need to do anything besides provide us with all the relevant evidence and mandatory documentation to support your visa application. Once we have that, we will take care of the rest.
  • A significantly higher chance of obtaining your residential visa

If you don’t know what type of residential visa you need to apply for or where to get started with your visa application, feel free to reach out to our residential visa advisors via email on X or via phone on X.


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