How To Apply For New Zealand Permanent Residency – Step By Step

Applying For New Zealand Permanent Residency
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How To Apply For New Zealand Permanent Residency – Step By Step

If you want to go to New Zealand and settle there this post is for you, how do you apply for New Zealand Permanent Residency, this is step by step.

But first of all, do you know what permanent residency for New Zealand means?

It means you can live in New Zealand and work in New Zealand indefinitely. But to be eligible to apply for this permanent resident visa, you must have held a resident visa for at least two years.

To get a resident visa, you can apply from your home Country to come into New Zealand.

Some of you may ask of the difference between Resident Visa and Permanent Resident Visa-

Resident Visa-

a. live permanently in N2

b. Travel in and out of N2 (as a resident) for a specified period of time only, usually 24 months or in some situations they are valid for 5 or 10 years.

Permanent Resident –

a. Visa live Permanently in N2

b. No time limit on travel conditions.

So, once you apply and get the resident visa from your home Country and you move to New Zealand, you have to live in New Zealand for minimum of 2 years to qualify to apply for Permanent Resident in New Zealand.

To apply for a resident visa, you have got options of couple of visas you can apply for like visitor’s visa, study visa, work visa, live permanent visa, Join Family visa or start a business or invest visa. But is not all categories listed above that can qualify you to apply for PR.

After going through all the categories and checking through New Zealand immigration website, the best option to qualify you to apply for PR is Skilled Migrant category resident visa.

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How To Apply For New Zealand Permanent Residency – Step By Step

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After you have applied for the skilled Migrant resident visa and you have been offered and moved to New Zealand, you can then apply for PR after you have lived for minimum of 2 years in New Zealand.

Now, applying for Skilled Migrant Category, all you need is listed below –

1. Self Assessment – this system is on Point Base on – Age, Work-Ex, Education, Partner, Skilled Employment in NZ.

For Age, you must be between 15 and 39 years for higher points, but from 49 years you can not be awarded any point.

For Education, you will be awarded more points if you have masters and PHD.

Working experience more than 8 – 10 years will give you more points

Employment in New Zealand will also give you more points

In another write up we will do, we will try to focus more on all the point based and eligibility criteria, so if you have not subscribe yet, now is the time to do so, for you not to miss our every post.

But the minimum points you need to qualify is 160.

That will make you become eligible to apply for Resident Visa.

2. English Test – you have couple of options here – IELTS(6.5), TOELF iBT(79), PTE Academic (58), OET(Grade B in 4 Skills) minimum overall score or more is 6.5.

3. Education Assessment- this assessment should be done by new Zealand Qualifications Authority that relates to the New Zealand qualifications framework(NZQF).


How To Apply For New Zealand Permanent Residency –

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4. Submit an EOI online- here you have to submit your interest by sending your expression of interest online, which the application cost $530 New Zealand dollars or thereabout.

After the submission you will then-

5. Receive ITA –  Which is invitation to apply. This draws conduct usually every 2 weeks

6. Submit Application – After you have received your ITA, the next step is you will submit your application, you are actually given 4 months to put your documents together and do your medicals, altogether before you submit your application.

Application cost $3,310 New Zealand dollars.

Once you have submitted your application, the processing time is 23 months which is a very long time, could be longer for sure.

7. Receive Visa – this is the last step.

In conclusion, I hope this helps someone out there. Please comment and share for this site to be popular.

And any questions or anything to add, or did I forget or leave anything out please comment.

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