Information about Religious Worker Resident Visa

You can apply for residence if you have had a Religious Worker Work Visa for 3 years. You must have an offer of continuing work and sponsorship from your religious organisation.



55 years and under

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work, live and study in New Zealand.
  • Continue to do religious work for the religious organisation that’s sponsoring you.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your visa application - if you meet the minimum income requirements, or your religious organisation agrees to sponsor them too.

Things to note

  • You can only apply for this visa if you’ve already held a valid Religious Worker Work Visa for 3 years or more.
  • If you include your partner and children in your visa application, they’ll need to meet the same identity, health, character and English language requirements as you.
  • Your dependent children can apply for visas to study in New Zealand if you will be earning at least $43,322.76.

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