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Straight to Residence Visa for NZ

If you want to reside in New Zealand indefinitely, you can apply for a Straight to Residence visa. You must have a job offer for a role which is on the Green list (for occupations that grant immediate New Zealand residency) or you already work for an accredited employer.

Speak to one of our friendly immigration lawyers at Total Law, if you need more clarifications about immigrating to New Zealand, the requirements, visa cost, the processing time and more. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or complete our online contact form for immediate response.

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    Straight to Residence Visa Details for New Zealand

    Applicants who want to enter New Zealand and stay indefinitely can choose from the New Zealand visas that allow foreigners to immigrate to the country. They include:

    Skilled Migrant Category Residence Visa

    If you have qualifications or skills and work experience as a specialist, technical or management expert, you may qualify for this visa. It’s designed by Immigration New Zealand to bring and keep skilled workers who will help boost the workforce and the economy of New Zealand. To obtain this visa, you must meet the wage threshold skill requirement.

    The holder of this visa is allowed to live, work and study in New Zealand. The Skilled Migrant Category Residence visa allows applicants to add their dependent children and partners to their residence application. It could take up to 3 months to get this visa.

    Eligibility Requirements for Skilled Migrant Category Residence Visa

    If you want to obtain the Skilled Migrant Category Residence visa, you must:

    • Younger than 55 years old
    • Meet health and character requirements
    • Speak English
    • Receive an invitation to apply for residence
    • Have acceptable employment evidence in a skilled job or have an offer for it
    • Have eligible qualifications to qualify for points
    • Have an English-speaking partner and children (if required)

    Straight to Residence Visa

    If you are in New Zealand and work for or have a job offer from an accredited employer, you can apply for the Straight to Residence visa. The job roles eligible for a Straight to Residence visa must be included on the Green list for occupations that grant direct New Zealand residency.

    These occupations are held in high regard in New Zealand as they are fundamental to the country’s economy and development. With this visa, you can live, study and work in New Zealand. Additionally, you can add your partner and dependent children to your residence application. You can apply for this visa directly from overseas or you can switch from an accredited employer Work visa to obtain it.

    Eligibility Requirements for Straight to Residence Visa

    To obtain this visa as a New Zealand resident or as an applicant from overseas, you must:

    • Have a job offer from or be working for an accredited employer
    • Be 55 years old or younger
    • Meet the English proficiency requirements along with your partner and dependent children
    • Have dependent children who are neither more than 24 years old nor have children of their own and they must depend on you financially
    • Have a job role which must be on the Green list for occupations that grant immediate residence in New Zealand
    • Possess eligible qualifications to qualify for points

    Work to Residence Visa

    If you have already worked in New Zealand for up to 2 years (24 months), and you wish to remain in the country to live and work there indefinitely, then you must obtain the Work to Residence visa. To obtain this visa, you must have worked in a Green list role for occupations that do not grant direct residence in New Zealand.

    You can apply for this visa if you are currently working for an accredited employer or if you have a job offer from one in New Zealand. With this visa, you can live, work and study any course for as long as you want in the country. You can include your partner and children who are 24 years old or younger in your visa application.

    Eligibility Requirements for Work to Residence Visa

    As a current New Zealand resident, to obtain the Work to Residence visa NZ, you must:

    • Be younger than 55 years old
    • Meet good character and health requirements
    • Have worked in an eligible role for up to 2 years in New Zealand on a valid Work visa
    • Have a job offer from or currently work for an accredited employer in the country
    • Prove your English proficiency and pass the international qualification assessment (if required)
    • Work on a permanent or at least a 12-month contract job or a fixed term employment. It must be a full-time position with no less than 30 hours weekly
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    What You Need to Apply

    To have a successful visa application in New Zealand, you must meet several New Zealand resident visa requirements by providing the below documents:

    • Your international passport. Your passport must be valid for up to 3 months beyond your expected departure date
    • Two passport-sized photographs that conform with the requirements of a New Zealand visa photo. Your photos must not be older than 6 months
    • Evidence of good health. You must take a medical examination to prove this
    • Purpose of travel. You must have a lawful purpose for seeking a New Zealand visa. For example, you should seek a Work visa to work or get a Study visa to study in the country
    • Evidence of your travel history. You must provide a copy of your current and previous passports
    • Healthcare declaration. You must state in your visa application that you will cater for your healthcare medical assistance costs in New Zealand
    • Proof of your relationship. You need to include your children’s birth certificate and your marriage certificate as proof of relationship (for eligible visas only).
    • Proof of funds. You must prove that you have enough funds to cover your expenses when you enter New Zealand. You should have at least NZD $400 if you’ve paid your rent or NZD $1,000 monthly. To prove this you can present your bank statements, pay slips, traveller’s cheques, bank drafts, and more
    • Return ticket. You must prove that you will leave New Zealand once your visa expires
    • Proof of clean criminal record. You need to present a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) to prove that you have not indulged in any criminal activity in your country and would not pose a threat to law and order in New Zealand

    Engage an authorised translator to translate all documents in a foreign language into English and ensure they are duly notarised. Note that you may be required to provide additional documents depending on your country, visa type and how long you intend to stay.

    Therefore, it’s ideal to seek expert guidance from our immigration lawyers at Total Law to help assess your situation and streamline all the documents needed for your visa application. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or complete our online contact form for immediate assistance.

    How to Submit

    To apply for a New Zealand visa, you can do so online or in person:

    Online Application for a New Zealand Visa

    Take the following steps to apply for a New Zealand visa online:

    Fill Out the Online Application

    Include your correct information on the application after creating a RealMe account. It’s best to contact one of our immigration lawyers at Total Law to guide you through all your New Zealand visa application stages. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online for a quick response.

    Upload Your Required Documents

    Scan and upload all the needed documents to support your application. Your documents should be in PDF format and be within a file size of 10 MB. Also, your photos must be uploaded in jpeg format.

    Pay Your Application Fee

    You must pay your visa application fee after providing your MasterCard or Visa details in the application after which you will receive an email confirmation of the payment.

    Submit Your Application

    After filling out your application online, submit it. Thereafter, you will be told when your eVisa is ready. You must print the eVisa and come with it as it will allow you to travel and stay in New Zealand for its allowable stay duration.

    In-Person Application for a New Zealand Visa

    Follow the steps below to apply for a New Zealand visa in person:

    Fill Out the Application Form

    Print out your visa application form and complete it with the required information in English (capital letters). Attach your passport photographs after writing your name on their back.

    Book an Appointment

    Locate your nearest visa application centre and schedule an appointment. To do this, you must visit the VFS Global website. Go to the appointment with all the required documents for the visa type you’re applying for.

    Print Your Confirmation Email

    A confirmation email including the appointment details will be sent to you after submitting your booking application. Print the email you received and your means of payment and get them to the visa application centre.

    Attend the Appointment

    Bring your visa application form and other required documents to the appointment and ensure you do not omit any documents.

    Pay Required Fees

    You must pay your visa application processing fees along with any other payments required of you. You can pay via your Visa or MasterCard.

    Collect Your Visa

    Upon a successful visa application, you will be notified of where and when to come and pick up your New Zealand visa packet.

    We can assist with the compilation of documents to make sure you meet requirements for your New Zealand visa application. Contact Us

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      Conditions

      Whether you’re applying for a New Zealand visa from within or outside the country, you must meet the following conditions after obtaining the visa. They include:

      Travel

      After obtaining a New Zealand visa, you will be free to travel in and out of the country without restrictions, provided your travel conditions are still valid typically 2 years from your date of entry into the country as a resident. If your travel conditions expire while you’re outside the country, the expiration of your visa follows it.

      If you want to continue travelling in and out of New Zealand after the expiration of your travel conditions you must apply for a Permanent Resident visa or a variation to your travel conditions.

      Study

      Once you have received your New Zealand visa, you will be allowed to study with a Study visa anywhere in the country for as long as possible.

      Work

      Upon receiving your New Zealand Work visa, you will be free to work for any employer in any role in the country.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      Obtaining a New Zealand visa requires you to meet various eligibility requirements and provide several documents. The visa application process can also be complex for you and you may risk a refusal of your application should you omit crucial documents in your application.

      Our friendly immigration lawyers at Total Law are readily available to assess your situation, know the visa type you qualify for and the different documents you must provide to support your application. Our immigration lawyers can also help you navigate all the visa application stages and can even apply for the visa on your behalf.

      Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online for more clarifications on Straight to Residence visa NZ cost, New Zealand immigration or other services we offer.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                The Straight to Residence visa NZ processing time is up to 5 months.

                Yes, the process of obtaining a New Zealand visa could be difficult as it sometimes takes up to 18 months to get a decision. However, seeking guidance from our immigration lawyers at Total Law will help make your application process seamless, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

                To become a New Zealand citizen, you are required to live in the country for up to 5 years. You must stay in the country for 240 days per year and a maximum of 1,350 days within those 5 years.