Information about Straight to Residence Visa

Apply for this visa if you work for an accredited employer or you have a job offer from one and your role is on Tier 1 of the Green List.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Indefinitely

Age range

55 or under


With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application.

Things to note

  • You must be working for an accredited employer or have a job offer from one.
  • Your role must be on Tier 1 of the Green List.
  • You must meet the requirements set out in the Green List for your role.
    Green List roles
  • You must meet the English language requirement for this visa.
  • Older dependent children under 24 in your application must be single, without children of their own, and only supported financially by you.
  • You can either come to New Zealand on a work visa now and apply for the Straight to Residence Visa, or apply from outside New Zealand.
  • You must include in your application English translations of any supporting documents in other languages.
    Translating supporting documents into English
Criteria

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

Acceptable photos

You must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you have applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

If you’re unable to provide a copy of your birth certificate, we’ll accept your identity card as proof of your identity.

We don’t accept delays or expense as reasons for not providing a birth certificate.

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Character

You must be of good character

If you are 17 or over, you must provide a police certificate from:

  • your country of citizenship
  • any other country where you have spent 12 months or more over the last 10 years, even if you did not spend that 12 months all in one visit.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

Police Certificates must be less than 6 months old when you apply.

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

Health

You must be in good health

We need good health evidence for you and anyone else in your application.

Evidence we need are chest x-rays and the results of a full general medical examination.

They must be 3 months old or less at the time you apply.

If we already hold chest x-rays and results of a full general medical examination, you can use them again in this application. They must be 3 years old or less at the time you apply.

Getting an x-ray or medical examination

Age

You must be 55 years or under when you apply for residence

We will use the documents you provide as proof of your identity to confirm your age.

English language

You must be able to speak English

You will need to provide one of these with your application:

  • An acceptable English language test result.
  • Evidence you are a citizen of Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA), and you have spent at least five years working or studying in those countries, or in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Evidence you have a recognised qualification that’s comparable to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree, which you gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. You must have also studied for at least two years in any of those countries to get that qualification.
  • Evidence you have a recognised qualification that’s comparable to a postgraduate New Zealand qualification, which you gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. You must have also studied for at least one year in any of those countries to get that qualification. 

 English language test results for Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

English language test results must be no more than 2 years old.

We may ask for more English language evidence to support your application. If we do, it will mean sitting a test and sending the results to us.

Green List requirements

You must meet your role's requirement in the Green List

The evidence you need to provide depends on your role. Check the requirement for your Tier 1 role using the Green List. 

Green list roles and requirements

If the Green List requirement is for a New Zealand qualification and yours is from overseas, include an International Qualification Assessment (IQA). You can apply for one through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). 

Apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

When you are a contractor using contracts as acceptable employment evidence, check if your role has a wage threshold skill requirement. If it does, you need evidence showing:

  • 10 years' relevant experience
  • you are in the the higher wage threshold.

Your wage threshold is 50% more than applicants with permanent or fixed term employment.

Acceptable employment

You must meet the criteria for acceptable employment in New Zealand

Acceptable employment is when:

  • you work for an accredited employer or you have a job offer from one
  • your role is on Tier 1 of the Green List
  • you meet the role's requirements, such as wage or salary threshold, registration, professional membership, or qualifications
  • your employment is full-time and genuine
  • the role is permanent, or fixed term for at least 12 months, or a contract or contracts for at least 6 months or more.

Green List roles

Evidence

Evidence of acceptable employment are your:

  • employment agreement, fixed term contract or employment offer letter from an accredited employer. It must show your hours, duration of employment, position and remuneration.
  • contract or contracts (without breaks) amounting to 6 months or more.

Partner and dependent children

You can include your partner and any dependent children up to the age of 24 in your application

Your partner and dependent children must meet the requirements for this visa. You must provide evidence:

  • of your relationship with your partner and dependent children
  • they meet the identity, character, health, and English language requirements for this visa.

Partnership
Dependent children

If your partner or dependent children have, or applied for, a New Zealand temporary entry visas based on their relationship with you, you must be include them in your residence application.

You do not have to pay for the medical examination.

All children must get a full general medical examination.

Children aged 10 and under only need a chest x-ray if either the physician, or we, ask for one.

Children aged 14 and under only need a blood test if either the physician, or we, ask for one.

English language for family

Your partner and children 16 and over must speak English or pay for classes to learn English in New Zealand

Any one of the following is proof your partner or dependent child can speak and understand English:

  • An acceptable English language test result.
  • Evidence they are a citizen of Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA). Their evidence must also show they spent at least 5 years working or studying in those countries, or in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Evidence of a recognised qualification equal to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree. Their evidence must show they gained the qualification in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. It must also show they studied for at least 2 years in any of those countries to get their qualification.
  • Evidence of a recognised qualification equal to a postgraduate New Zealand qualification. Their evidence must show they gained their qualification in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. It must also show they studied for at least 1 year in any of those countries to get your qualification.
  • You can choose English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses instead of evidence or test results. You must select this option in your online application form. Your partner or dependent children do their ESOL courses in New Zealand, and they are only paid for once your application is approved.

Learning English after you come to New Zealand

English language test results for resident visas

English Language Information (INZ 1060) PDF 254KB

We may ask for more English language evidence to support your application. If we do, it will mean sitting a test and sending the results to us.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Work

Once you have your residence visa you can work for anyone in any role.

Study

Once you have your residence visa you can study anywhere for any length of time.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire.

To travel after that, you will need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident Visa
  • a variation of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date. 

Your travel conditions will expire 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.