How to supply supporting documents

Documents you may need to supply for your 2021 Resident visa application.


The 2021 Resident Visa closed at 23:59 on 31 July 2022. Applications received after this date will not be approved.

If you are applying for the 2021 Resident Visa in Phase 2, Immigration New Zealand will request supporting documents after you have submitted your application.

We will send you an email when we begin processing your application and let you know what evidence and documents you need to supply.

You will be able to upload your documents through your Immigration Online account. The supporting documents page in your online account will show which documents are required for assessment of your application to continue.

  • Supporting documents must be in PDF format and each PDF must be smaller than 10MB.
  • If you have multiple documents to upload as evidence for the same requirement, combine these together into one PDF before uploading. Guidance on how to merge PDF files is available.
  • If any of your supporting documents are not in English, please supply official translations of these.

File formats for uploading documents and photographs

Translating supporting documents into English

To upload your documents:

  1. Log in to your Immigration Online account and select ‘My Visas’.
  2. Locate your 2021 Resident Visa application under ‘Submitted applications’.
  3. Open your application by selecting the ‘View’ option in the ‘Options’ dropdown.
  4. Under Applicants, select the ‘Supporting Documents’ button under ‘Actions’ for each of the applicants included in your application.
  5. Follow the instructions on this page to upload and submit the required documents.

Ensure you upload the required documents for all the applicants included in your application where the ‘Supporting Documentsbutton is displayed.

Once your documents are submitted, we will continue to process your application. We will email you if further information is required.

Documents you will need to supply

You will need to supply a copy of the bio page of your passport or travel document for yourself and any family members included in the application.

You will also need to supply documents based on the criteria you have applied under.

Settled criteria

  • Evidence of your employment (optional)
  • Evidence of your remuneration (optional)

Skilled criteria

  • Evidence of your employment (mandatory). This must be an employment agreement or letter from the employer stating your pay and hours. It must show your pay and hours at the time you applied as well as on 29 September 2021
  • Evidence of your remuneration (mandatory). This must be a full bank statement or a current payslip or a summary of income from Inland Revenue.
  • Evidence of COVID-related impacts (optional - if your pay rate or hours of work have been impacted by COVID-19)

Scarce criteria

  • Evidence of your employment (mandatory). This must be an employment agreement or a letter from employer confirming your job and hours. It must show your job and hours at the time you applied as well as on 29 September 2021.
  • Evidence of your remuneration (optional)
  • Evidence of occupational registration (optional – if your job requires registration. If we haven’t seen evidence of your registration in a previous application, then you must provide it.)
  • Evidence of COVID-related impacts (if your pay rate or hours of work have been impacted by COVID-19)

Critical Purpose criteria

  • Evidence of occupational registration (if your Critical Purpose Visa was granted for the purpose of completing a Nursing Competency Assessment Programme)

Other documents you may need to supply

  • Your national identification card
  • Your household registration
  • Documents showing evidence of your relationship
  • Evidence that you and your partner are living together in a genuine relationship
  • Evidence that dependent children are reliant on you
  • Evidence of parent or legal guardians support of application
  • Evidence why you were refused a visa
  • Your official military record
  • Your exemption from military service
  • Your records of previous travel
  • Evidence that children travelling with you have permission to travel
  • Other documents to support your application