What is a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa?

Getting a Permanent Residence Visa (PR) in New Zealand is a big deal for immigrants. It’s not just about changing your status; it’s like starting a new chapter in a place known for its amazing nature, diverse cultures, and great lifestyle. Having a PR Visa means committing to a life full of chances to be part of a lively community, enjoying a safe place to live, and feeling like you truly belong.

It’s more than just a piece of paper; it’s a way for New Zealand to say thanks for what you bring as a migrant and an invite to make New Zealand your home. If you dream of building your future here, a PR Visa is your ticket to a life full of possibilities, progress, and feeling like you fit right in, in one of the friendliest places on Earth.


The PR Visa is all about making migrants part of New Zealand’s community, appreciating what they bring and letting them keep adding to the country while enjoying the perks of being a permanent resident.

Visa Eligibility

You need to have held your resident visa for at least 2 years before you can apply.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $240

Length of Stay


Processing Time

Around 2 weeks for 80% of applications

Benefits of Permanent Resident Visa

  • Long-Term Security: You get to stay in New Zealand for as long as you want, which gives you peace of mind and stability.
  • Full Work and Study Rights: You can work and study without any restrictions, opening up lots of opportunities for your career and education.
  • Access to State Benefits: You can use public services like healthcare and education just like any other Kiwi.
  • Path to Citizenship: You can even apply to become a citizen of New Zealand one day if you want.
  • Live, Work, and Study: Make New Zealand your home for living, working, and studying.
  • No NZ Travel Restrictions: Travel freely to and from New Zealand whenever you want.
  • Family Unity: Bring your partner and kids under 24 years old with you when you apply for a visa.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Criteria for the Visa

A comprehensive list of criteria needed for your application to be a good fit to obtain the Permanent Resident Visa.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Residence History: You need to have had a valid visa in New Zealand for a specific time.
  • Good Character: Having a clean record and following New Zealand’s rules.
  • Health Standards: Meeting health rules to make sure you’re healthy enough to live here.

Documentation Needed

  • Identity Proof: Showing your passport and other IDs.
  • Residency Evidence: Papers proving you have a visa and how long you’ve been here.
  • Character References: Papers from the police in countries you’ve lived in.
  • Medical Certificates: Health check papers you need for immigration.

Other Considerations

  • Language Skills: Being able to speak English helps you fit in better.
  • Financial Independence: Showing you can support yourself financially.

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Permanent Resident Visa Process at ICL

Navigate your Permanent Resident Visa success with ICL Immigration. We ensure expert guidance every step of the way in our process.

Step 1: Assessing Eligibility

We check if you meet the requirements for the PR visa.

Step 2: Signing up Service Agreement

Make it official by agreeing to ICL’s full visa support services.

Step 3: Getting Papers Ready

ICL assists in gathering and organising all required documents.

Step 4: Sending Your Application

We’ll handle sending your visa application to Immigration New Zealand. We’ll double-check everything to make sure it’s correct and on time, so there aren’t any delays.

Step 5: Awaiting Decision and Keeping in Touch

Stay updated as ICL shares regular progress reports and stays in touch about your visa.

Step 6: Receive Your Visa Decision

Get guidance from ICL after your visa is approved or get advice if it’s not.

Step 7: Settling in

We help you get used to life in New Zealand as a permanent resident.


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What defines a Permanent Residence Visa in New Zealand?

A visa allows individuals to live, work, and study in New Zealand indefinitely.

What are the critical requirements for obtaining a PR Visa?

Essential requirements include a residence history in New Zealand, good character, and health standards.

Can family members be included in a PR Visa application?

Yes, dependent family members can often be included, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Are there any conditions attached to the PR Visa?

Conditions generally include maintaining good character and adhering to New Zealand laws.

How long does the PR Visa process typically take?

Processing times vary depending on individual circumstances and Immigration New Zealand's workload.

Can I travel outside New Zealand on a PR Visa?

Yes, but you must adhere to the travel conditions specified on your visa.

Is there an age limit for PR Visa applicants?

There is no specific age limit, but applicants must meet other eligibility criteria.

How is PR different from a Temporary Visa?

PR allows indefinite stay and more rights compared to a temporary visa.

What happens if my PR Visa application is denied?

If denied, you can seek advice on the reasons for the decision and explore alternative options or reapply.

Do PR Visa holders need to stay in New Zealand continuously?

While continuous stay is not mandated, prolonged absences can affect citizenship eligibility.

Can PR status be revoked?

PR status is usually permanent but can be revoked in cases of serious legal infractions or fraud.

What are the financial requirements for a PR Visa?

Applicants must demonstrate financial stability but there are no specific income thresholds.

Is health insurance required for PR Visa holders?

While public healthcare is available, having health insurance is recommended for additional coverage.

Can PR Visa holders vote in New Zealand?

Voting rights are reserved for New Zealand citizens, not PR holders.

Are PR Visa holders eligible for New Zealand pensions?

PR holders may be eligible for pensions after meeting certain residency and age criteria.

How can I prove my English language proficiency for the PR Visa?

Proficiency can be demonstrated through recognized English language tests or evidence of living in an English-speaking environment.

Can PR Visa holders own property in New Zealand?

Yes, there are no restrictions on property ownership for PR holders.

What support services are available for new PR Visa holders?

New Zealand offers various support services, including language classes and integration programs.

How often do I need to renew my PR Visa?

The PR Visa does not require renewal but maintaining a valid passport is essential.

What is the next step after obtaining a PR Visa?

After obtaining PR, the next step could be applying for New Zealand citizenship, subject to meeting the criteria.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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