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What is Permanent Residence (PR) Visa?


The Permanent Residence Visa in New Zealand represents a significant milestone for immigrants, symbolising not just a change in status but the beginning of a new chapter in a land known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural diversity, and high quality of life. It’s a commitment to a life filled with opportunities where one can contribute to a vibrant community, enjoy the security of a stable environment, and experience the joys of calling New Zealand home.

This visa is more than a legal document; it’s a recognition of your contributions as a migrant and an invitation to lay down roots in a country that values inclusion and prosperity. For those seeking to weave their future into the fabric of New Zealand society, the PR Visa is a key to unlocking a life of potential, growth, and a sense of belonging in one of the world’s most welcoming countries.



The PR Visa aims to integrate migrants into the fabric of New Zealand society, recognising their contributions and allowing them to contribute further to the nation’s development while enjoying the benefits of being a permanent resident.


  • Long-Term Security: Indefinite residence in New Zealand, offering stability and security.
  • Full Work and Study Rights: Unrestricted rights to work and study, enhancing career and educational opportunities.
  • Access to State Benefits: Eligibility for state healthcare, educational facilities, and other public services.
  • Path to Citizenship: Opportunity to eventually apply for New Zealand citizenship.

What is the Process for Permanent Residence (PR) Visa?


Eligibility Requirements

  • Residence History: Must have held a qualifying New Zealand visa for a certain period.
  • Sound Character: Clean criminal record and adherence to New Zealand’s legal system.
  • Health Standards: Compliance with health requirements, ensuring no significant medical issues.

Documentation Needed

  • Identity Proof: Valid passports and other ID documents.
  • Residency Evidence: Documentation proving current visa status and duration of stay.
  • Character References: Police clearances from countries lived in for the past several years.
  • Medical Certificates: Up-to-date health checks as per immigration requirements.

Other Considerations

  • Language Proficiency: Demonstrated ability to communicate in English, aiding in social integration.
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency: Evidence of the financial capability to support oneself.

If you’re considering applying for a Permanent Residence (PR) Visa (New Zealand), 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!

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Process for Permanent Residence Visa at ICL Immigration (New Zealand)

Eligibility Assessment

Understanding eligibility and requirements for the PR visa.

Service Engagement

Formal agreement for ICL's assistance throughout the visa process.

Document Compilation

Gather and prepare all necessary documents.

Visa Application Submission

ICL submits the application to Immigration New Zealand.

Application Tracking

Regular updates on the application status.

Visa Outcome Notification

Advice and guidance from ICL on receiving the visa decision.

Post-Approval Support

Assistance with settling into New Zealand life 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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