Resident Visa 2021 Update #2

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

On Friday 29 October 2021 Immigration New Zealand published the immigration instructions for the one-off 2021 Resident Visa. It is becoming more apparent what the application process will look like however some uncertainties will need clearing up. For this reason Immigration New Zealand has organised another webinar for immigration advisers to address these uncertainties on 12 November 2021.

The following points are worth noting:

Timing Applicants who are eligible to apply on 1 March 2022 should not apply any sooner. The instructions state that your application will be declined if you apply before 1 March 2022 when you were not eligible. Only applicants who have already applied for residence under the Skilled Migrant or Residence from Work categories on or before 29 September 2021, or who have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest, and have included a dependent child in the Expression of Interest aged 17 years or older on 29 September 2021 should apply from 1 December 2021.

Immigration New Zealand Application Fee The fee for the 2021 Resident Visa is $2160. This includes a $1,330 application fee and $830 immigration levy. This is likely to be paid on submission of the application for phase 2 applicants (1 March 2022).

Refund If you have already submitted a Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest or Residence from Work application you will only have to pay the difference between what you have already paid and cost of the 2021 Resident Visa, provided you withdraw your previous application or EOI. If you have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category application, you will be refunded the difference if you withdraw your previous application.

For further information on fees and refunds please visit:

Health Health requirements for the 2021 Resident Visa will be limited but will capture medical conditions which are not eligible for medical waivers (tuberculosis, haemophilia, and conditions requiring dialysis or full-time care).

If you have provided a medical certificate within the last 36 months and were assessed as having an acceptable standard of health, you will not need to provide a further medical certificate. If your health has changed, or you were previously assessed as not having an acceptable standard of health, you must provide a new limited medical certificate. Character Immigration New Zealand will undertake New Zealand Police checks for all 2021 Resident Visa applicants aged 17 years or older, regardless of how long they have been in New Zealand. An overseas police certificate may be requested if more information is required. Dependent children aged 25 years and over If you are a dependent child and were included in a skilled residence application or Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest as at 29 September 2021 but are now aged 25 years or older you will be eligible for a 2021 Resident Visa, if your parent is approved a 2021 Resident Visa and you meet the health and character requirements.

Evidence Employment What evidence you will need to provide will depend on the stream you are applying under (settled, skilled or scarce). Further information can be found here:

Application Process

Applications can only be submitted online. It is not been announced if the application can be set up online before the start of phase 1 or phase 2. Hopefully this will be cleared up at next week's webinar.

My Fee I have published my fees on the VISANZ website. I have received a great amount of interest for this visa application. If you wish to engage my services I therefore encourage you to get in touch and start the application process as soon as possible.

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