Resident Visas

There are a range of visas that can allow you to live in New Zealand permanently

It is important to check the current border rules before planning your travel to New Zealand

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Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

Selections for expressions of interest are currently suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Immigration New Zealand invites people who have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth to apply for this visa.

 

To apply, you will first need to send INZ an Expression of Interest (EOI) telling them about your employment in New Zealand, work experience, and qualifications. INZ uses a points-based system to assess your EOI and if it is successful, they will offer you the opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand.

Length of stay

 

Indefinitely

 

Age Range

55 years or under

With this visa, you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application.

Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

Length of stay

Indefinitely 

With this visa you can

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.

  • Include dependent children, aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

  • If your partner’s New Zealand residence is based on their Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residence or resident return visa, you can only apply for this visa if your partner lives in New Zealand.

  • If your partner is a New Zealand citizen and the two of you have been living together outside of New Zealand for 5 years or more, you may be granted a permanent resident visa. Your partner will need to be either overseas when you apply, or have been back in New Zealand for less than 3 months.

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Long-term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa

This visa is for people who hold a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa and have been employed in New Zealand for more than 2 years.

 

If you have ongoing employment and your salary is NZ$45,000 or greater, you may be eligible for this resident visa. 

Length of stay

Indefinitely

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa and have worked in New Zealand for more than 2 years.

  • You must have ongoing, full-time employment in an occupation that was on the Long Term Skill Shortage List LTSSL) at the time you were granted a work visa, or an occupation that is on the LTSSL at the time you apply for residence.

Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa

This visa is for people who have been employed in New Zealand by an accredited employer for more than 2 years. 

 

If you have ongoing employment with an accredited employer and you earn at least the minimum base salary that was in place when you applied for your Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, you may be eligible for this resident visa. 

 

Length of stay

Indefinitely 

With this visa you can

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner and dependent children, aged 24 and under, in your residence application.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa and have worked for an accredited employer for two years.

  • If you changed your employer while on a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, you must have had your visa conditions varied.

  • If you have yet to take up a job offer from an accredited employer, you may consider applying for a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa.

  • The salary you must meet is higher if you apply for your Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa after 6 October 2019.

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Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa

This visa is for holders of Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visas who have been actively involved in New Zealand in their declared field of exceptional talent for more than 2 years.

 

If you are still prominent in that field and your continued presence will enhance New Zealand’s accomplishments, you may be eligible for this resident visa.

Length of stay

Indefinitely

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa and have been actively involved in your declared field of talent for 2 years.

  • You must still be prominent in your declared field of talent and be able to enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments in that field.

  • You must have an acceptable sponsor and support from a New Zealand organisation of national repute  in your declared field of talent.

Investor 1 & 2 Resident Visas

Investor 1 Resident Visa

If you have NZ $10 million to invest in New Zealand over a 3-year period, you can apply for New Zealand residence.


Length of stay

Indefinitely 

With this visa, you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

 

  • ​You may be able to bring your car, boat and household items to New Zealand, free of customs charges.

Investor 2 Resident Visa

Experienced business people who have a minimum of NZD $3 million in available funds or assets can apply for New Zealand residence. 

 

Before you can apply, INZ will first need you to send them an Expression of Interest telling them about your business experience and investment.

 

If your Expression of Interest is successful, they will invite you and your partner and dependent children to apply for New Zealand residence.


Length of stay

Indefinitely 

Age range

Upto 65 years.

Number of visas

400 per year.

With this visa, you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

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Entrepreneur Resident Visa

This visa is for people who have been self-employed in New Zealand at least 6 months, or have operated a business for two years on another visa that allows self-employment.

Length of stay

Indefinitely

With this visa you can

  • Continue to operate your own business in New Zealand.

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Parent Retirement Resident Visa

If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently.

 

You’ll need an annual income of NZ $60,000 plus NZ $1 million to invest for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on.

 

Once you’ve completed the 4-year investment period, you’ll be eligible for permanent residence.


Length of stay

Indefinitely, if you meet the visa requirements

With this visa, you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner in your visa application.

  • Apply for permanent residence after 4 years of keeping your funds invested in New Zealand.

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Parent Resident Visa

If you have an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child who earns enough and agrees to sponsor you, you may be able to live in New Zealand permanently.

Length of stay

Indefinitely

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.

  • Include your partner in your residence application.

Things to note

  • Grandparents and legal guardians may be able to apply for residence under this category.

  • If you have any dependent children, you are not eligible for this visa.

Dependent Child Resident Visa

If you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident living in New Zealand, you can bring your dependent children to New Zealand to live with you.

 

If your children are granted residence, they can live and study in New Zealand, and if they’re old enough, work too.


Length of stay

Indefinitely, if you meet the visa requirements

Age Range

24 years and under

With this visa, you can

  • Bring your dependent children to New Zealand to live with you.

  • If they’re old enough they can study or work here too.

Things to note

  • If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under the Family Quota, Refugee Family Support Category, Samoa Quota Scheme or Pacific Access Category but weren’t included in your residence application, they’re not eligible for this visa.

  • If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under any other category but weren’t included in your residence application, we may ask you to explain the reason for this.

  • Some children of New Zealand citizens or residents are New Zealand citizens by birth or descent. If your child is a citizen, they do not need to apply for residence. 

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