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2021 Resident Visa applications enabled for skilled migrants in the pool from 21/02/2022.

Updated: Feb 16


We are pleased to let you know that from 21 February 2022, those who have a Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) expression of interest (EOI) in the pool, submitted on or before 30 April 2020, can apply for the 2021 Resident Visa.

INZ has made good progress on processing the first phase of applications, and they can now open applications for groups of up to 1,500 people each day. This will be based on the application schedule below, and will start with the first group on 21 February.

Application schedule 2022

From Monday 21 February EOI submission date: Before or on 30 April 2020 From Tuesday 22 February EOI submission date: 1 May 2020 – 30 June 2020 inclusive From Wednesday 23 February EOI submission date: 1 July 2020 – 31 August 2020 inclusive From Thursday 24 February EOI submission date: 1 September 2020 – 30 November 2020 inclusive From Friday 25 February EOI submission date: 1 December 2020 – 28 February 2021 inclusive From Saturday 26 February EOI submission date: 1 March 2021 – 31 March 2021 inclusive From Sunday 27 February EOI submission date: 1 April 2021 – 31 May 2021 inclusive From Monday 28 February EOI submission date: 1 June 2021 – 31 July 2021 inclusive From Tuesday 1 March EOI submission date: 1 August 2021 – 29 September 2021 inclusive


Application cost


The total cost of the 2021 Resident Visa is still NZD$2,160, comprising:

  • NZD$1,330 application fee

  • NZD$830 immigration levy.


People who decide to withdraw their SMC EOI will only have to pay the difference between that and the cost of the 2021 Resident Visa.