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Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa New Zealand

If you are a foreign national and want to retire in New Zealand, there are several options that you can choose from. One of them is applying for a Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa.

Before moving on, if you need more information about the retirement visitor visa, the application process and the costs involved. Speak with an experienced immigration attorney. Contact Total Law at 0333 305 9375 or message us online at our website.

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    Overview Of Temporary Retirement Visitor Visas

    A Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa, also known as the TRV Visa, is ideally suited to you if you are financially independent and thinking about spending your golden years in New Zealand. It does require you to meet the eligibility criteria set out by the immigration authorities.

    These include, providing strong evidence that you have enough money in your bank account to support yourself. Additionally, you must be at least 66 years old and in good health and agree to leave the country at the end of your visit.

    Key Benefits Include:

    • You can live in New Zealand for up to 2 years with your spouse.
    • You can freely enter and leave New Zealand during your visa validity.
    • You can explore potential pathways to permanent residency.
    • You can invest in approved New Zealand assets.

    Applying for the TRV Visa and understanding New Zealand’s immigration procedures can be difficult and stressful. If you need help, reach out to an immigration expert for advice. Contact our team at Total Law at at 0333 305 9375 or message us online so we can help you.

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    Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa Requirements

    To meet the temporary retirement visitor visa requirements, all applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to cover their stay and for up to the 24-months. This can be provided through bank, or pension statements, or investment proofs.

    What you need to apply:

    • Be at least 66 years old at the time of submitting your application.
    • Make an investment in a business in New Zealand of at least NZ$750,000.
    • Have at least NZ$500,000 in a bank account separately from your business.
    • Pass a health and character check which will be done by Immigration New Zealand.
    • Have valid private health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay.

    While those are the general requirements to obtain a retirement visitor visa, there are a few additional requirements that you need to be aware of. These include:

    • You may need to prove that you have an annual income of at least NZ$60,000.
    • Your NZ$750,000 investment funds cannot be in personal property or cash deposits. It must be in approved assets like bonds or managed funds.
    • While you can freely enter and leave New Zealand, you cannot spend more than 6 months at one time outside the country in any given 12-month period.
    • Your application may be denied if you have a criminal record or have been associated with activities deemed harmful to New Zealand.

    There are several documents you need to provide when applying for a retirement visa for New Zealand:

    • Proof of identity to prove you are at least 66 years old (valid passport, or birth certificate).
    • Two recently taken passport sizes photographs
    • If applicable, provide evidence confirming your NZ$750,000 investment.
    • Financial statements (bank statements, property valuation, pension statements).
    • Medical certificates to prove you are in good health.
    • Police certificates to prove your good character in your own country.
    • Private health insurance documentation.
    • If you do not speak English, you may need to pass a language skills test.
    • Completed application form.

    Sponsorship Options

    While not mandatory, you can have a New Zealand citizen or resident sponsor your application. This can potentially strengthen your application but doesn’t guarantee approval. They must agree to sign a legally binding declaration guaranteeing they will financially support you.

    The person who is sponsoring you must be over 18 years old, and have good character in New Zealand, so they cannot have any criminal history. If they or you fail to uphold the agreed sponsorship obligations it can lead to you both experiencing legal issues.

    Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa Application Process And Costs

    If you are able to meet the criteria set out above, you can begin the application process for a New Zealand Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa.

    Step 1: Double-Check Eligibility

    Before starting the process, making sure you meet all the criteria, including age, investment requirements, and health insurance, will give you a better chance of your application being approved.

    Step 2: Gather Documents

    To begin your visa application, start by organising your documents, including;

    • Your financial evidence
    • Your passports, marriage and birth certificates.
    • A valid health insurance certificate
    • Proof of genuine intentions.

    Step 3: Choose Your Application Method

    To apply for this visa, you have two options. Either online which is the most secure and efficient way to apply, or if you choose, you can apply for the visa through a paper form.

    Start An Online Application

    1. Create an Immigration Online Account and register and complete your profile.
    2. Enter your nationality, then choose the TRV Visa application and fill out the form.
    3. Answer all the questions making sure to provide accurate information.
    4. Upload all of the required documents and in the correct format.
    5. Pay Application Fees, typically costs NZD $ 3,790 per person
    6. Submit your application. You can track it through your account.

    Depending on your circumstances, you might need to attend an interview at the embassy. If this is the case, it is important that you arrive on time and be prepared to discuss your application.

    Create a Paper Application

    1. Download the relevant TRV Visa application forms from the Immigration NZ website.
    2. Fill out the forms, ensuring they are accurate and legible information.
    3. Include all required documents as outlined in the instructions.
    4. Send your completed application and documents to the specified address with the application fee (payable by money order or bank cheque).
    5. Check the application status by contacting Immigration New Zealand.

    Step 3: Pay the application fees:

    The application fee varies based on your nationality and application method (online or paper). Check the latest fees on the Immigration New Zealand website.

    Remember, the NZ$750,000 investment is separate from application fees. Additional costs might apply for required medical examinations depending on your age and health history.

    Step 4: Wait for a decision:

    After submitting all your paperwork and paying the fees, you will need to wait for a decision. If successful, you will receive notifications to collect your travel documents.

    Application Processing Times

    Depending on the complexity of your application, nationality and workload at the embassy, the processing times can vary. However, if you have provided accurate information and the documents you have uploaded are up to date, and the forms are complete, it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks to process it.

    If you need more information on how to apply, refer to the official Immigration New Zealand website for more detailed information. Alternatively, reach out to an immigration law firm like Total Law. Contact our team at 0333 305 9375 or message us online.

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      Conditions and Duration of Stay

      While the TRV Visa unlocks many benefits in New Zealand, you must also understand the conditions before applying. These include, maintaining your NZ$750,000 investment for at least two years and making sure that you comply with any asset restrictions.

      While in New Zealand, you cannot work or apply for public funds from the government. At any given time, you must also show you have the funds in your bank account to support yourself.

      In addition to those conditions, you must;

      • Maintain a valid private health insurance certificate.
      • Not stay outside of NZ for more than six months within a 12-month period.
      • Update the Immigration authorities in New Zealand if any of your details change, including your contact details, passport, or health insurance.
      • Understand that you are liable to pay income tax on any income earned while you reside in New Zealand.


      The TRV Visa does not guarantee permanent residency or a pathway to citizenship. You can not work or study for more than six months or engage in any type of business activity. It is also imperative that you be a good citizen and comply with all of the laws while in NZ.

      Validity Period

      The temporary retirement visitor visa New Zealand (TRV Visa) is valid for a maximum of two years. If you wish, you can apply for an extension for a further three months. For reasons such as needing more time to sell an investment or to arrange your departure.

      • Visa expiry does not automatically grant an extension.
      • You must apply well in advance if you wish to stay longer.

      It is also worth noting, you can be refused entry into the country if you don’t meet the character requirements or your circumstances have changed since you initially received your visa.

      The authorities can also refuse you entry if you do not provide your biometrics on arrival. (photograph and fingerprints). Failure to comply with any of the conditions or if you overstay your visa you can receive fines, be deported, and even banned entry into NZ in the future.

      How Total Law Can Help

      Applying for the Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa to move to New Zealand can be complex for some retirees. It is why it is recommended that you partner with an immigration law firm like Total Law. They offer expertise in helping retirees understand visa requirements. For instance, their experienced lawyers can provide expert advice on what financial proofs are needed.

      Our legal support also includes:

      • Legal support to address these issues promptly and effectively.
      • Ensuring all legal aspects of the application are thoroughly reviewed.
      • Assist applicants in preparing for any potential interviews
      • Help with documentation requests from immigration authorities.

      Total Law’s proactive approach helps minimise any possible delays in processing an application for the temporary retirement visitor visa to continue your life in New Zealand. Contact our expert lawyers at Total Law at 0333 305 9375 or contact us online to receive the best legal advice.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Retirement visa holders can include their spouse. However, the spouses must meet the same eligibility criteria as the visa holder. If their application is successful, they will enjoy the same benefits in New Zealand as the primary applicant.

                As a temporary retirement visitor visa holder, you are not restricted from buying property in New Zealand. However, there might be certain conditions or restrictions related to property ownership that you should be aware of. In this case, see advice from an expert lawyer who has extensive expertise in property management in New Zealand.

                The temporary retirement visitor visa does not lead directly to permanent residency. If you wish to transition to permanent residency while staying in New Zealand, you would typically need to explore other pathways available for immigration.

                Yes, holders of the temporary retirement visitor visa are allowed multiple entries into and exits from New Zealand during the validity period of their visa. Ensure that your visa remains valid throughout your travels outside and re-entry into the country.

                The regulations regarding bringing dependent children under this specific type of visa may vary. It is advisable to check with relevant authorities or consult an immigration expert like Total Law regarding the rules around bringing your children with you.