2021 Resident Visa

If you are a work visa holder in New Zealand or a critical purpose visitor visa holder you may be eligible for residence under the new 2021 Resident Visa. Some critical purpose visa holders arriving in New Zealand between 30 September 2021 and 31 July 2022 on long term visas may also be eligible for the new visa.

Update: 12:30pm 2 December 2021

We are continuing to experience technical issues following the opening of 2021 Resident Visa applications.

Technical teams worked overnight and continue to work to find a solution. While we are seeing improvements in the system, we know some people are still having difficulty.

We regret the frustration this is causing and apologise if you have been impacted by this issue.

If you have been trying to submit your application for a 2021 Resident Visa we ask that you be patient while we work to get this issue resolved.

Please remember that you have plenty of time to apply for your 2021 Resident Visa, with applications open until 31 July 2022.