2021 Resident Visa, a one-off, simplified pathway to residence

The Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has announced the 2021 Resident Visa, a one-off, simplified pathway to residence. This will have a significant and positive impact on many employers, particularly many migrants and their families. It’s estimated that up to 165,000 migrants will be eligible to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa.

Here are some initial points:

  • Visa creates residence pathway for over 5,000 health and aged care workers, around 9,000 primary industry workers, and more than 800 teachers
  • Streamlined application process requiring health, police and security criteria to be met
  • Majority of applications to be granted within a year of the category opening

Briefly, here’s the primary Visa groups that will include and the respective eligibility criteria:

“The 2021 Resident Visa will be available to most work-related visa holders, including Essential Skills, Work to Residence, and Post Study Work visas and their immediate family members.

To be eligible, the principal applicant must have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021 and must hold or have applied for (and subsequently be granted) one of the eligible work visas.

They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • lived in New Zealand for three or more years, or
    • earn above the median wage ($27 per hour or more), or
    • work in a role on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, or
    • hold occupational registration and work in the health or education sector, or
    • work in personal care or other critical health worker roles, or
    • work in a specified role in the primary industries.The visa will also be available for those who enter New Zealand as critical workers, and their families, for roles six months or longer until 31 July 2022.

Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa will open in two phases; on 1 December 2021 and 1 March 2022.

Immigration New Zealand will contact visa holders who are eligible to apply from 1 December by the end of October with more information about the application process.”

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