Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Resident visa status

You must have held your resident visa for at least 24 months when you apply

If your visa was issued when you were:

  • in New Zealand, then your 24 months starts from the date your visa was issued
  • outside New Zealand, then your 24 months starts from the date you arrived in New Zealand.

For evidence, provide either:

  • your resident visa, or
  • your residence permit.

If you are outside New Zealand and your travel conditions expire you must apply for your Permanent Resident Visa within 3 months of them expiring — even if you have returned to New Zealand when you apply.

Resident visa conditions

You must have met any conditions of your current resident visa

You must provide evidence you have met any conditions of your current resident visa.

Visa conditions are different for resident visas granted under different categories and may include things like:

  • travelling to and from New Zealand only for the time allowed by your resident visa
  • spending a minimum number of days in New Zealand
  • keeping money invested in New Zealand
  • working only in a particular job and/or for a particular employer.

Check your visa label for your visa conditions.

Commitment to New Zealand

You must be committed to living in New Zealand permanently

The evidence you must provide depends on how you choose to show your commitment to New Zealand.

Commitment to New Zealand

You meet the time commitment if you have been in New Zealand for at least 184 days in each of the last 2 years. We can use your travel records as evidence.

 

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