Applications for the next phase of the 2021 Resident Visa will open from 10am on 1 March 2022.
Those eligible will be able to apply online any time from then until 31 July 2022.
INZ has made some operational decisions that mean there is no advantage to submitting an application in the first week.
Applications made in the enhanced Immigration Online system received from 1 March will be held in their system.
INZ will not start processing these until the end of March.
Applications will then be released for processing in order of the principal applicant’s current visa expiry date at the time of their 2021 Resident Visa application.
While INZ's enhanced Immigration Online system has been designed to cope with more applications, as this is expected under Phase 2. However, there is still a maximum number of people that can use the system at one time. When the Immigration Online system reaches maximum capacity, people already using the system will be able to submit their applications. However, those who try to log on will be advised to try again later or will be asked to wait until a space becomes available. In this case, INZ encourages applicants to be patient and to come back later, or the next day.
INZ would like to make it clear that there is no advantage to applying on the first day or in the first few weeks.