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What is a New Zealand Resident Visa?

A New Zealand Resident Visa is a legal document issued by the New Zealand government that grants you the right to live and travel throughout the country without any constraints.

Every year, over 70,000 foreigners make New Zealand their new home, attracted by its thriving economy and diverse range of career opportunities. However, to move and legally reside in New Zealand, you first need to obtain a Resident Visa.

While moving to New Zealand is a desirable opportunity, obtaining a Resident Visa is not always straightforward. In most cases, you will need to be a skilled worker or have a partner who is already a New Zealand resident or citizen and can support your Resident Visa application.

As one of the top immigration consultancy services in New Zealand, ICL can help you navigate the complex process of obtaining a New Zealand Resident Visa. Our team of experienced immigration advisors can guide you through the entire process, from the initial application to final approval.

If you are ready to start a new life in New Zealand, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you obtain your Resident Visa.

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What are the different types of Resident Visas in New Zealand?

There are two main types of Resident Visas in New Zealand: the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa and the Partnership-Based Resident Visa. Your personal circumstances will determine which Resident Visa is right for you.

Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa: New Zealand is constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified individuals across various industries, such as engineering, education, hospitality, science, and healthcare, who can contribute to the country’s economic growth. If you believe you have the necessary skills and qualifications to make a valuable contribution and want to make New Zealand your home, you can apply for the SMC Resident Visa.

To apply, you must submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the relevant regulatory body that outlines your work experience and qualifications. If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to apply for the visa, which 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 Resident Visa, you can apply for the Partnership-Based Resident Visa to live in New Zealand permanently. If you are granted this visa, you can live, work, and study in New Zealand indefinitely. You can also include dependent children aged 24 or under in your visa application.

At ICL, we understand that applying for a Resident Visa can be overwhelming, and it’s essential to have expert guidance throughout the process. Our experienced team of professionals can help you determine the right Resident Visa for your circumstances, prepare your application, and provide you with all the information you may need.

Learn more about the Partnership Resident Visa.

What is the New Zealand Resident Visa application process?

When it comes to applying for a New Zealand Resident Visa, there are specific steps you need to take to ensure a smooth and successful application. At ICL, we’re here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Step 1: Gather Your Documentation

To apply for a New Zealand Resident Visa, you must have all the relevant supporting documentation. This includes proof of your qualifications, work experience and financial resources. The exact requirements will vary depending on the type of Resident Visa you are applying for.

Step 2: Complete the Application Form

Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, you can fill out the Resident Visa application form. Make sure you provide accurate and complete information to avoid any delays or complications. In some cases, it may be necessary to include the contact information of previous employers for employment history verification.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

After you have completed the application form and gathered all the required documents, you can submit your application for review. You will also need to pay an application fee at this stage. Your Immigration adviser at ICL double and triple-check your application to make sure everything is ready for your case officer.

Step 4: Wait for a Decision

After submitting your application, you will need to wait for a decision from Immigration New Zealand (INZ). The decision can be to accept, decline or postpone your application. In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional information or attend an interview.

Step 5: Receive your Resident Visa

If your application is successful, you will be issued a New Zealand Resident Visa by INZ.

Congratulations, you are now free to live, work and travel in New Zealand indefinitely!

If you’re considering applying for a Resident Visa, get in touch with one of our friendly consultants via email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality!

Why choose ICL for your New Zealand Resident Visa needs?

Navigating the complex and stressful process of applying for a New Zealand Resident Visa can be daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the legal requirements and documentation needed for a successful application. That’s why it’s wise to seek the help of a visa application expert like ICL.

Each year, hundreds of individuals who want to make New Zealand their home choose ICL to assist with their Resident Visa applications. With an average success rate of 97% over the last 20 years, we have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goal of obtaining a Resident Visa.

Here are some of the other benefits you can expect when you work with ICL:

  • A dedicated Resident Visa advisor who will guide you through every step of the application process
  • Years of experience and expertise in handling applications for various types of Resident Visas
  • A hassle-free experience where we take care of all the necessary paperwork and documentation
  • A higher likelihood of obtaining your Resident Visa
  • ICL has a one-time flat fee for each visa process which means no hourly rates or surprise invoices

If you’re unsure about which type of Resident Visa is right for you, or you don’t know where to start, then our free assessment was created just for you.

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