New Zealand Permanent Residency Apply PR Visa

New Zealanders believe life is for living. It's about balancing a good day's work with time for family and friends. Explore the new life that you and your family could enjoy in New Zealand.You want to live in New Zealand permanently and you have skills that can contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth. Your application is more likely to be accepted if you have experience in a field in which New Zealand has a skills shortage.

Working Hard and staying ahead is important for all of us, however, it’s always important to maintain a balance between your work life and personal life, so that you can advance your career with great ease. New Zealand is a natural playground full of opportunities for unique experiences. New Zealand consistently leads world quality of life. New Zealand is one of the safest and friendliest places.


In 2020, New Zealand was named the world’s second most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index, and the world’s second least corrupt country by Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

The size of the UK or Japan but with a population of only 4.6 million people, New Zealand gives you room to breathe and the space to be yourself.


Benefit of New Zealand immigration:

You can avail numerous benefits on the basis of New Zealand PR visa, please find some of benefits of New Zealand PR below.

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.
  • Travel to and from New Zealand any time you like.
  • Sponsor your loved ones to New Zealand
  • Avail health, medical and social security
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application - if you included them in your original residence application.

Talk to us:- Aptech Global Immigration has strategies to help migrants make New Zealand their home and support them to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of New Zealand life. For our New Zealand immigration/ PR visa expert advice send your query on info@aptechvisa.com

You can also call our New Zealand Immigration Contact Centre +91– 7503832132 / +91- 8447281370 from 9:30 am Monday to 6:00 PM on Saturday (IST).



New Zealand PR requirements/ Eligibility

If you have skills, qualifications, work experience that New Zealand needs you may be able to apply for a New Zealand PR visa/ resident permit under the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category.

To be considered under for New Zealand immigration you need to meet all New Zealand PR prerequisites

  • New Zealand Skilled occupation list:
    New Zealand invites people who have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth to apply for this New Zealand PR visa. New Zealand having demand of variety occupations are listed in the following demand lists
    New Zealand Long term Skills shortage list
    New Zealand Regional skills shortage list
    New Zealand Construction & Infrastructure skill shortage list
  • Points:
    New Zealand immigration is points-based immigration, to assess applicant eligibility.So before applying for New Zealand immigration make sure you must meet minimum 100 points. These points are based on your age, qualification, work experience, and spouse qualification, occupation shortage list etc.
    Use New Zealand PR points calculator to calculate your New Zealand PR points
  • English Language Proficiency:
    You& your family members need to provide acceptable English language test result with your application: English language test results must be no more than 2 years old. Score requirements in IELTS depends on whether you are the principal applicant ( 6 bands overall) , or partner or a dependent child (5 bands ) overall
  • Age:
    You must be less than 55 years old at the time of applying your New Zealand resident permit
  • Work Experience:
    You must have minimum 4 years or more work experience in the occupation, is highly shortage orin demand in New Zealand.
  • Settlement funds:
    You must have sufficient funds to support yourself & your family in New Zealand, Funds requirements depend upon number of applicants are included in application.

To apply New Zealand PR visa, you need to be of good health, good character, along with above New Zealand PR visa eligibility/ requirements.



New Zealand immigration / New Zealand PR visa process

If you are interested in migrating to New Zealand as a skilled migrant, you must follow below process steps

  • Step 1 Self-assessment:
    Our self-assessment tool is designed to check you meet the New Zealand immigration requirements in term of your occupation, points, language proficiency, age, settlement funds etc. if you are not sure which visa is right for you, we can help you explore right residence visa options for you click here.
  • Step 2 Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI):
    An expression of interest (EOI) is an online application form/ method of showing your interest in applying for a New Zealand skilled resident visa. Here applicants need to disclose all his/ her information such as personal, family, visa type, qualification, employment, partner skills, English language, settlement plan etc. An Expression of Interest is valid for a period of six months from the date of submission to the pool. New Zealand EOI points bases system, where to be eligible, you must have minimum 100 points.
  • Step 3 Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA):
    If you have sufficient points score or more you'll be selected from the Expression of Interest pool and will be sent an invitation to apply resident permit application. Please note the threshold for selection from the EOI Pool, varies time to time, if you have less than 160 points, you may get ITA if you find any suitable employment from New Zealand.
  • Step 4 Submit your New Zealand resident application:
    Preparing an application varies in complexity. For most visas you'll need to get all the evidence together before you submit your application. Also you need to pay the relevant visa fee, if you don’t pay right visa fee then your application may delay/ refused. To check your relevant visa fee click here
  • Step 5 New Zealand resident visa outcome:
    Immigration New Zealand assess your application on the following grounds
    Is the applicant is meeting the rules and criteria set out in the immigration instructions for the visa you have applied for
    Immigration New Zealand verify the information and documents you provided in your application.
    Consider whether you are a genuine applicant

Immigration New Zealand may ask you for more information, all the applicants are bound to provided requested information or documents in given time period if the applicant fail to provide then it may lead to refusal or rejection of your application.

Applicants who are applying for New Zealand resident visa often make these following mistakes that leads to denial or refusal of application

  • ANZSCO code:-
    Immigration New Zealand authority (INZ) is quite strict to screen, have you selected right ANZSCO code?, are you meeting ANZSCO code qualification, employment & PayScale standard requirements etc.
  • Qualifications not recognised:-
    If you’re claiming points for your qualifications they need to either be on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment or have been assessed by NZQA.
  • Work experience not comparable:-
    If you’re claiming points for work experience it must be in the same field as your qualification and job/job offer. If you don’t have a job or job offer then this experience also needs to be in a comparable labour market, to know more call to our immigration expert
  • Bonus point requirements not met:-
    To claim work experience bonus points you need to meet the strict requirements outlined by Immigration New Zealand.

We at Aptech visa will help you move to and settle in New Zealand. Our expertise guidance covers a range of NZ immigration services, and generates a customized tailored list of things to know and things to do to make your migration journey a success. For more information call our expert now


New Zealand Resident Visa Processing Time / New Zealand PR visa processing Time

So before applying your New Zealand resident visa application the first question that comes in the mind is - How long does New Zealand Immigration take? Or How long it takes to process a visa application ?

Please note the New Zealand resident visa application processing time varies from case to case and depends on the following parameters

  • Type of Applications you submitted.
  • Method of submission (online / off line).
  • Location where you submitted your application.
  • Quality of documents you supplied.
  • The application submitted is complete or incomplete.
  • How many other visa applications we have received.

However, we would like to give processing time overview of the following applications

Expression of Interest processing time

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
EOI 15 days 45 days 60 days

Pre assessment result (PAR) processing time

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
PAR 15 days 20 days 30 days

New Zealand IQAS processing time

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
IQAS 15 Days 20 Days 25 days

New Zealand Resident permit application (SMC) Processing Time

Visa 50% of applications completed within: 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:
SMC 12 months 15 Months 20 Months


New Zealand Resident Permit fee / New Zealand PR visa fee

New Zealand resident permit fee/ cost explain how much expenses are involved in applying for your New Zealand Resident permit, and stages where you need to pay and mode of payment (how you can pay) etc.

Please note New Zealand resident permit fee depends upon type of application and mode (Online application or offline application) and the place you are applying from.

Please find the New Zealand Resident cost step wise step.

S.N. Application type Online fee
1 Expression of Interest- SMC NZ $ 530
2 NZ – Resident permit application fee- SMC NZ $ 3310
3 Pre assessment Result (PAR) NZ $138
4 Application for an international qualification assessment NZ $ 445
5 Teaching Assessment Add-On (if applicable) NZ $ 301
6 Skill Shortage List Assessment Add-On (if applicable) NZ $ 165
7 Pre-1998 Qualification fee NZ $ 275

Another Fee/ expenses involve in New Zealand Resident visa application

S.N. Factors Fee in INR
1 IELTS Examination fee Rs. 15000 per attempt
2 Medical expenses Rs. 3000- 5000 per person
3 Police clearance charges Rs. 1000 – 1500/-
4 Notary charges Rs. 1000 – 15000/-

Mode of Payment: Mode of payment also depends upon the location you are applying from, if you are submitting your application outside New- Zealand accept, you can pay the charges through Credit cards only, INZ accepts all Visa, Master credit cards.

If you are submitting your application with in New Zealand itself then you can choose following mode to pay your New Zealand Resident visa application Cheque, Debit Card, Credit Card, or Online.

Refund policies: Please note all payable fee is not refundable, in any case either you withdraw your application or INZ decided to decline your resident visa application

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