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Permanent Resident Visa applications are moving online

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is moving the Permanent Resident Visa, Second or Subsequent Resident Visa and Variation of Travel Conditions of a resident visa application processes into Immigration Online at the end of January 2024.

At the end of January 2024, customers will be able to submit the following applications electronically using Immigration Online (instead of using a paper-based application):

  • Permanent Resident Visa

  • Second or Subsequent Resident Visa

  • Variation of Travel Conditions of a resident visa

Currently, these applications are submitted using paper forms, limiting an applicant's ability to track the progress of their applications online. Moving to Immigration Online means applicants:

  • can check their application status online without having to call the INZ contact centre, and

  • no longer have to submit physical documents, such as passports, which was a requirement for paper applications.

Eligibility for the Permanent Resident Visa

  • People are only eligible for a Permanent Resident Visa once they have held their resident visa for at least 2 years.

  • If a customer was outside of New Zealand when their resident visa was issued, the start of the 2-year period is when they arrived in New Zealand on their resident visa.

  • Submitting an application within the 2-year period may result in the application being declined, meaning customers will need to reapply and pay an additional application fee.

Note: An update to some Resident Visa 2021 holders on 5 December 2023 may contain an incorrect date for when they will be eligible for a Permanent Resident Visa. Make sure to check the eligibility criteria before you apply.


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