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New Zealand to introduce residence visa for temporary residents

October 19, 2021 | Business, Immigration

New Zealand is creating a new visa pathway called 2021 Resident visa. This is a one-off visa for temporary workers currently in New Zealand. The visa is said to become available on 1st December 2021 for some eligible applicants and from 1st March 2022 for remaining eligible applicants.

Those who are eligible include individuals who were in New Zealand on 29th September 2021 and applied for/held an eligible visa before this date. In addition, 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 2021 Resident visa. The route is aimed at those who are primarily in New Zealand for work. 

The New Zealand government are offering 165,000 places on this one-off visa route to facilitate migrants who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic to gain residence. 


You must have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and be on an “eligible visa” or have applied for an eligible visa on or before 29 September 2021 that is later granted.

Additionally, you must also meet one of the following:

  • have lived in New Zealand for three or more years
  • earn at or above the median wage ($27 per hour)
  • work in a role on a scarce list

“Eligible visas” include:

  • Post Study Work Visa
  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Religious Worker Work Visa
  • Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa
  • Trafficking Victim Work Visa
  • Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa
  • Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Work Visa
  • Victims of Family Violence Work Visa
  • South Island Contribution Work Visa
  • Work Visa granted under Section 61 (provided the applicant held another eligible visa type within 6 months before being granted a Section 61 visa)
  • Some Critical Purpose Visitor Visas (CPVV):
  • Critical health workers for longer term roles (6 months or longer), and
  • Other critical workers for long term roles (more than 6 months).

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.

The information provided does not amount to legal advice.