Over 200,000 people apply for residency until 2021 resident visa


With one month to go until the 2021 Resident Visa closes, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) encourages those eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa to submit their applications before the category closes at 23:59 on July 31, 2022.

INZ has received more than 100,000 requests concerning more than 200,000 people since the opening of the single simplified course for stay on December 1, 2021.

These demands involve many people working in areas where skills are lacking, including but not limited to 5,975 healthcare workers, 13,967 construction workers, 5,481 primary industry workers and 761 teachers. .

INZ’s managing director of border and visa operations, Nicola Hogg, said that as of June 27, 2022, 61,343 people had become New Zealand residents through the one-off policy.

“We have granted residency to more than double the number of people who have been granted residency in the previous 18 months. This is a fantastic achievement and gives these people certainty of their ability to stay permanently in New Zealand while reassuring employers that they know they have the skills to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. says Nicola Hogg.

“We have worked and continue to work hard to process the applications, and I am proud of the work we have done to get here.

“To date, 89% of the applications received in phase 1 have already been processed and we are making good progress on the applications received in phase 2.

“To ensure that processing is as fast as possible for applicants, those who have applied using the enhanced online immigration system should ensure that all of their supporting documents have been submitted to ensure their application is ready to be processed.

“We also encourage anyone who has not yet applied for their 2021 resident visa to apply before the category closes on July 31, 2022,” says Nicola Hogg.

INZ remains committed to processing all 2021 Resident Visa applications as quickly as possible, with each application requiring a series of checks to be completed as part of the assessment process. This means that decisions will not necessarily be made based on when the application was released for processing or when the principal applicant’s visa expired. The time it takes to make a decision depends on several factors, including:

  • how long each task takes to complete
  • whether manual assessments are required
  • whether we have to wait for information from an applicant

“Once these checks are completed, we expect to see the number of applications decided increase significantly,” says Nicola Hogg.

More information on the 2021 Resident Visa can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/already-have-a-visa/one -off-residence-visa, including:

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