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Straight to Residence Visa (New Zealand)?

The Straight to Residence Visa in New Zealand represents a unique immigration pathway. It’s designed for individuals who possess highly specialized skills or significant contributions in their field, allowing them to directly obtain residency status upon arrival in New Zealand.

This visa category is particularly aimed at skilled professionals, business executives, and individuals with extraordinary talents in areas like arts, sports, or academia, who are seeking to contribute to New Zealand’s economic, cultural, or academic growth.


Key Features:

  • Direct Residency: Unlike other visa categories that may require a transitional period or temporary visas, this visa grants immediate residency status to the holder.
  • Long-Term Benefits: It provides the holder with the same rights as a permanent resident, including the ability to work, live, and study in New Zealand.
  • Family Inclusion: Applicants can include their spouse/partner and dependent children in their application, offering a pathway for the entire family to gain residency.


The eligibility criteria for this visa are stringent, focusing on the applicant’s ability to significantly contribute to New Zealand’s priorities in terms of skills and talent. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Highly Skilled Professionals: Individuals with exceptional qualifications and experience in areas where New Zealand has a skill shortage.
  • Business and Investment: Business owners or investors who can contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth through substantial investment or business ventures.
  • Arts, Culture, and Sports: Those who have internationally recognized achievements or have significantly contributed to their field, bringing exceptional talent to New Zealand.

What is the Process for Straight to Residence Visa (New Zealand)


When it comes to applying for a New Zealand Residence 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.

Eligibility Check:

First, ensure you meet the specific criteria for the Straight to Residence Visa. This typically involves having skills, qualifications, or experience in a sector highly valued in New Zealand.

Document Collection:

Gather all necessary documentation. This usually includes evidence of your qualifications, professional experience, job offers (if applicable), and personal identification documents.

Health and Character Checks:

Complete health and character checks as per New Zealand’s immigration requirements. This may involve medical examinations and police clearance certificates.

Visa Application Submission:

Submit your completed application along with all required documents to Immigration New Zealand. Ensure all information is accurate and complete to avoid delays.

Application Processing:

After submission, your application will be reviewed by Immigration New Zealand. During this period, you may be asked to provide additional information or attend an interview.


Wait for the decision from Immigration New Zealand. If your application is approved, you will receive a visa that grants you residency in New Zealand.

If you’re considering applying for a New Zealand Residence 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!

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What is the Process for Straight to Residence Visa at ICL Immigration (New Zealand)?


The process of applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa is relatively straightforward, but it is critical to follow all the steps accurately to ensure a smooth application process. Lucky for you, ICL is here to guide you through each stage of the process!

Initial Consultation with ICL

Engage in a detailed consultation to assess your eligibility for the Straight to Residence Visa and understand the application process

Service Agreement with ICL

Sign a comprehensive service agreement that outlines the services ICL will provide and your responsibilities during the application process.

Document Preparation and Review

Work with ICL to compile and review all necessary documents to ensure compliance with New Zealand immigration requirements.

Application Submission by ICL

ICL submits your application on your behalf to Immigration New Zealand, ensuring all information is accurate and complete.

Ongoing Support and Communication

ICL provides continuous support throughout the application process, including communication with Immigration New Zealand and responding to any requests for additional information.

Visa Outcome and Next Steps

Once the decision is made, ICL will inform you of the outcome and assist with any subsequent steps required for your relocation to New Zealand.

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What is the Straight to Residence Visa?

This visa is designed for individuals with exceptional skills or experience, offering them a direct path to New Zealand residency.

Who is eligible for this visa?

Eligibility is typically for highly skilled professionals or individuals with extraordinary talents in areas like business, arts, sports, or IT.

What documents are required?

Necessary documents include proof of qualifications, professional experience, job offers, health and character certificates, and personal identification.

How long does the visa process take?

Processing times vary based on individual applications and Immigration New Zealand's current workload. It's advisable to consult the latest information from Immigration New Zealand or ICL.

Can I include my family in my application?

Yes, you can usually include your spouse/partner and dependent children in your application.

What are the health and character requirements?

Applicants must undergo health examinations and provide police clearance certificates to meet New Zealand's health and character standards.

Is there an interview process?

In some cases, an interview may be required as part of the application process.

Can I work in New Zealand once I receive this visa?

Yes, this visa allows you to live and work in New Zealand as a resident.

What happens if my application is declined?

If declined, you will receive a detailed explanation. ICL can assist in understanding the reasons and exploring alternative options.

How can ICL Immigration help in this process?

ICL can guide you through the entire process, from initial consultation and document preparation to application submission and follow-up with Immigration New Zealand.

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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