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New Zealand Permanent Residency: How to Apply, Process & Requirements?

New Zealand PR: Naturally packed with lush breath-taking landscapes, modern infrastructures, low unemployment rate, and a decent economy, New Zealand is definitely a preferred option to settle and earn a flourishing livelihood, making it a popular destination for students from all over the world.

As we all know that a student visa is mandatory for people who are travelling to New Zealand to pursue a course, training, programme, or even go to school, that runs a duration of more than three months. The most common visas that Indian students beyond 18 years of age apply for are Fee Paying Student Visa, Exchange Student Visa, Foreign Government Supported Student Visa, and Pathway Student Visa. For candidates, who have completed two years in the country and wish to obtain Permanent Residence Visa, it is quite difficult to define the time period for visa validation. Please note that there is a difference between the terms Resident Visa and Permanent Resident Visa.

After the successful completion of a degree from any of the acclaimed universities of New Zealand, the next step is to apply for the correct kind of visa, depending on the job opportunity in hand. This can be divided into the following:

  • Post-Study Work VISA (Open): This visa has flexible options for students who have completed their course but are still looking for a job. This visa guarantees your stay in the country for a year to give you an opportunity to find a job related to your field of study or research. In the meanwhile, you are allowed to work in any field, in order to support your livelihood in New Zealand.
  • Post-Study Work VISA (Employer Assisted): This visa, on the other hand, is not flexible with the type of job you opt for, after study. Providing a window of two years, this visa gives you a chance to find a specific job role with a specific employer. Please keep in mind to apply for this visa within three months of expiry of your student visa.

New Zealand PR Visa Requirements

The basic requirements to adhere to in order to obtain a PR Visa in New Zealand are:

  • Age less than 55 years
  • Fluency and good command over English language
  • Good health and good character
  • Job offer in hand (in case you have applied for sponsored work visa)
  • Ability to prove your intent of stay in the country

One can apply to PR visa in New Zealand through various categories mainly Skilled Migrant Category, Partner Category, and Business and Investment Category.

New Zealand PR Points System

You can apply for New Zealand visas by directly applying to New Zealand Government. This is comparatively cheaper than getting in touch with agents or the visa bureau. In order to judge your eligibility, the government has formed a PR points system in which points are allotted under the following heads:

  • Employability: 60 points for current skilled employees for over a year, 50 for people looking for a job/working for less than a year
  • Work Experience: Ranges from 10 points for 2 years up to 30 points for 10 years, plus bonus points for benefits and growth appraisals in your work experience
  • Qualifications: 50 points for a Bachelor’s Degree or any other major Diploma qualification and 55 for a Master’s or Doctorate Degree
  • Family Ties: 10 points for close family members in New Zealand
  • Age: Maximum of 30 points for 20-29 years up to a minimum of 5 points for 50-55 years of age

Securing 140 points gets you selected for ITA (Invitation To Apply) for visa. The minimum submission criteria would be 100-135. However, it is not certain that this shall guarantee an ITA.

New Zealand PR Process for Indian Students

PR VISA, the application for which costs 190 NZD, can be obtained in New Zealand based on the following categories:

  • Skilled Migrant Category Resident VISA: This is the best option for New Zealand immigrants, where you would first need to submit an online EOI (Expression of Interest). Once your EOI gets selected, you can expect a notification from NZ Immigration within the next two weeks. Then, you are required to submit your residence application with the required transcripts and other necessary documents. After processing your application, you can expect to hear from the immigration office within a span of 10 working days.
  • Family Category VISA: You can apply for a PR visa under this category if you are a spouse/partner, parent or dependent child of a New Zealand permanent resident or citizen. One important thing is you have to be sponsored by either of the above mentioned relatives in New Zealand so that you can stay with them as a NZ permanent resident.
  • Business and Investment VISA: In this, you can apply under Investor Category if you wish to invest in a New Zealand based firm. Another option is to apply under the Entrepreneur Category where you have to show that you are willing to establish your own business venture in the country. Needless to say, even after every point is taken into consideration, chances of your application getting accepted/rejected lie solely at the discretion of the New Zealand Immigration.

Before applying for permanent residency in New Zealand, you need to have this information handy to understand your requirement and apply for the appropriate VISA. Good luck for your application!

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