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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.

5 December 2023
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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.

Resident to permanent resident

  • 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.
  • A correction email was sent to these Resident Visa 2021 holders by 7 December 2023 advising them that the date was incorrect.