One-off residence visa

This residence visa is only available for around 6 months, and eligibility is quite broad. To be eligible for this visa you will need:

  1. to have been in New Zealand on 29 September
  2. be on an eligible visa type
  3. And either of:
    1. Lived in New Zealand for 3 years or more, or
    2. Hourly rate more than $27 / hour
    3. Be on a scarce job list

Within these criteria there are various qualifications and restrictions that will need to be met as well, there is also a cap on applications, so it is vital that the applications are prepared strongly and quickly, to be ready to submit as soon as the application stream that clients are eligible fro opens. Our service manages all these details, right through the entire process, including PPI letters and oter INZ information requests or challenges.

 The most important thing to note with this visa is that it is aimed at clearing the backlog of SMC applications, so it is set up as a one-off chance that will remove applications from the residence queue. This means that there is only one chance at success, a poorly made application will fail, and if it fails there is not enough time to resubmit anything. All applications must be submitted before 31 July 2022, so if it takes 12 months to process, once an application is declined, the submission deadline will have passed. We recommend that all cmigrants who are serious about gaining residnecy in NZ thoguh this category have their applications done professionally - by a licensed immigration adviser or immigration lawyer.

Initial points to keep in mind

From experience with previous special one-off visas theer are several factors whcih we are aware of for this one.

  • Streamlned / fast track processing means a quick decision but it does not mean that all will be approved quickly. For INZ a quick decline is as beneficial to the goals of this visa as a quick approval. The Government's purpose is to reduce the backlog of applicants, so whether an application is approved or declined, the result is the same for them
  • The application criteria will still be assessed strictly, and the qualifications or restrictions that will come with the immigration instructions will mean that a high level of proof will still be required and tricky solutions to not meeting the visa criteria will cause difficulties in the application.
  • This is a  residence visa, so assessment will be at a residence level of assessment. Things that may not have been picked up before such as undeclared criminal offences, health, job details and so on, may be more carefully examined and require higher thresholds to pass.

Overall, we think this is a great opportunity for many people, but we alraedy see that many people are not taking it seriously, and may waste the opportunity by trying a rough and ready application.

To get in early, please send your details of how you meet the initial criteria to us at or  We will then contact you once the immigration instructions are released and we can give you a definite decision on your eligibility.