2021 Resident Visa
Do it once, do it right! If you were in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, holding either an eligible work visa or an eligible Critical Purpose Visitor Visa, you may qualify for residence. For many people, this may be their only chance to be approved residence in New Zealand for some time.
Visa Matters experts have carefully reviewed INZ requirements under this visa category, to identify possible pitfalls. You can benefit from our experienced advisers’ comprehensive understanding of the 2021 Resident Visa category, and avoid missing out on approval.
Even if you want to lodge your own application, we recommend that you have it checked by an experienced immigration adviser before submission.
Work visa policies are changing! From mid-2020, the salary or wage you earn will determine whether you can be approved a one-year or a three-year work visa under Essential Skills category. From November 2021, this category is being replaced.
Visa Matters’ licensed immigration advisers are fully up-to-date with the Government’s planned changes to work visas. We will guide you towards the work visa category which suits you best, and provide you and your employer the best advice before you apply for a visa.
Visitors can normally stay nine months in New Zealand, but did you know that if you apply for a special category of visitor visa, you could stay even longer? Perhaps you have already spent 9 months in New Zealand in the past 18 months on a general visitor visa. Visa Matters are experts on special category visitor visas that allow you to stay longer, including:
- Business visitors
- Genuine tourists
- Partners of New Zealand citizens/residents
- Partners of work visa holders
- Guardians accompanying students to New Zealand
- Parents and grandparents of New Zealand citizen/residents
Our principal adviser is also an Education New Zealand (ENZ) trained education agent who knows all about studying in New Zealand. Visa Matters is also accredited by a large number of government and private tertiary education providers, so can help you find your ideal course. Visa Matters handles your student visa application and we can also assist with accommodation and airport pick-ups. If you need help with your student visa, Visa Matters is expert at explaining to INZ why you deserve a chance!
Resident Visa – SMC
In New Zealand, Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) visas are the most sought-after path to residence. Visa Matters will assess your eligibility by calculating your points, plan and compile your Expression of Interest, and lodge your application for you and your family. With the help of our Licensed Immigration Advisers, YOU can maximise YOUR chances of becoming New Zealand residents. Our low-risk approach lets you know of any potential barriers to you being approved residence – we can develop a strategy for you to overcome any hurdles.
The Government has recently reopened the Parent Category. If you are a high-income New Zealand citizen or residents, you can sponsor your parents to New Zealand under this category. Visa Matters Ltd can guide you and your parents through the process of Expression of Interest, application preparation and lodgement to INZ. There are only 1000 places a year available under this category, so don’t delay, contact us now!
You can apply for a work visa or visitor visa if you are:
- The partner of a New Zealand citizen/resident
- The partner of a work visa holder in New Zealand
While you must have been living in a relationship with your partner, there is NO requirement to be married to your partner, and NO minimum period of living together when applying for a work visa or visitor visa. Once you have lived 12 months or more in a relationship with your NZ partner, you can apply for residence under the Partnership Category.
Complex Visa Matters
Are you on Immigration New Zealand’s risk radar? Have you been declined a visa, or issued a “PPI letter” / “letter of concern”? If so, you need expert advice and assistance urgently. Licensed immigration advisers at Visa Matters can handle complex immigration matters, including clients whose visa applications have been declined, who are unlawfully in New Zealand, or who need to appeal against their deportation to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal. We also specialise in requesting character and medical waivers on behalf of our clients.
Limited Visas can be an ideal option if you have already been declined a Visitor Visa or Student Visa, or if you are travelling to New Zealand for a special reason. Visa Matters will organise your Limited Visa application, telling you the evidence you should provide, and writing to INZ explaining why you should be approved a visa. We help potential visitors construct strong and robust applications which address the concerns and questions of Immigration New Zealand, giving you the best chance to travel to New Zealand to visit or study!
Investors with a minimum of NZ$3 million should contact Visa Matters now for a consultation on how you can be approved residence under the Investor Category. Visa Matters provides an array of customised visa services for investors moving to New Zealand. We can also assist you with long-term business support and services. After residence approval, we help applicants deal with Immigration New Zealand’s ongoing investment funds checks. We can also organise professional real estate, accounting, taxation, IT and business management services.