Path to Permanent Residency in New Zealand

    Updated on: 07 Sep 2023 5 min read

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    New Zealand Permanent Residency

    This permanent residency setup allows you to live, study as well as work in New Zealand as a native. You gain access to school education and health care. Others are living options and free entry and exit from the country. 

    The PR process is straight-forward requirements and procedure. First of all, the PR is accessible only to those who have had two years or more of a valid Resident’s visa. The basic requirements are simple such as good character, fifty-five years of age or under, a job offer, and relevant work experience.

    There are specific categories for PR application:

    1. Family Visa in the Family Category
    2. Skilled Migrant Category or SMC- This is for all the foreigners, who are keen on migrating and settling in New Zealand. Like the Indian students. Under this category, the SMC visa is valid for 24 months, and coverts to a PR with ease after settling in New Zealand. In fact, you can get your Citizenship five years after you get New Zealand PR status. 
    3. Business and Investment Category with Entrepreneurial and Investment-driven visas. Each category has different requirements, duration and application process. 

    There are four steps for the PR process are:

    1. Expression of Interest or EOI
    2. Invitation to Visa or ITV - If you have a score of 140 or more from your work visa, then you are eligible for the Invitation to Visa ITV application, which is on the basis of education, language skill, work experience, and a job offer.
    3. Document Submission
    4. The Cutoff Draw - The cutoff draw basically assimilates your profiles and allocates points for each area. If you score 100-140 points then you are eligible for the PR in the SMC category.

    Thus, the Permanent Residency process in New Zealand is a merit-centrist process. It is an honest and fair point-based scheme. 

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