New Zealand Students, Work Visa Application On-going – The eligibility criteria for the 2021 Resident Visa focuses on people whose primary purpose for being in New Zealand is to work.
Partners and dependent children, including those currently outside New Zealand, can be included in residence applications.
Applications will open in two phases from 1 December 2021 for:
- people who have already applied for residence under the Skilled Migrant or Residence from Work categories on or before 29 September 2021, or
- people 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.
Eligibility under the settled, skilled or scarce streams
You must have met the criteria on 29 September 2021 and on the date you submit your application. You can be on a different eligible work visa than the one you held on 29 September 2021 on the date you apply for the 2021 Resident Visa.
To be eligible you must:
- have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and
- be on an eligible visa on 29 September 2021, or have an application submitted for an eligible visa on 29 September 2021 that was later granted.
You must also meet one of these three criteria:
- (‘settled’ criteria) have lived in New Zealand for the past three or more years, or
- (‘skilled’ criteria) earn at or above the median wage (NZD $27 per hour), or
- (‘scarce’ criteria) work in a role on a scarce list.
If you meet the criteria for eligibility but were in Australia on 29 September 2021 and were unable to return to New Zealand by that date, you may be considered eligible but you must be in New Zealand when you apply.
On 29 September all applicants must have been on (or have applied for and later granted) one of the following visas:
- Post Study Work Visa
- Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
- Essential Skills Work Visa
- Religious Worker Work Visa
- Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
- Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
- Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa
- Trafficking Victim Work Visa
- Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa
- Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Work Visa
- Victims of Family Violence Work Visa
- South Island Contribution Work Visa
- Work Visa granted under Section 61 of the Immigration Act (provided the applicant held any of the visas above within 6 months before being granted a Section 61 visa)
- Some Critical Purpose Visitor Visas (CPVV)
Short-term visa holders are not eligible, such as visitors, students, working holiday makers, and seasonal workers like those on the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme or those who enter as short-term critical workers.
How To Apply
Interested persons can apply by clicking the link and should make sure details are entered correctly.