2021 Resident Visa
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2021 Resident Visa

2021 Resident Visa

The New Zealand Government has announced a new one-off residence visa pathway, the 2021 Resident Visa, for some temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand. 

Some people arriving in New Zealand between 30 September 2021 and 31 July 2022 on long-term critical purpose visas may also be eligible for this new visa. Partners and dependants can be included as part of these residence applications.

The 2021 Resident Visa provides a residence pathway for up to 165,000 migrants, including more than 5000 health and aged care workers, about 9000 primary industry workers, and more than 800 teachers.

The 2021 Resident Visa will be available to most holders of work-related visas – including Essential Skills, Work to Residence, and Post Study Work visas – and their immediate family members.


Applicants must have met the criteria on 29 September 2021.

To be eligible 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.

You must also meet one of the three criteria:

  • have lived in New Zealand for three or more years, or
  • earn $27 per hour or more, or
  • work in a role on a scarce list.

If you meet the criteria for eligibility but are in Australia and have been unable to return to New Zealand by 29 September 2021, you may be considered eligible.

Check eligibility via link below:


Changes to temporary work visas

Changes to employer processes and visas

Over the next 18 months, INZ will be bringing in changes that affect some employers and the migrant workers they employ. These include:

  • introducing a new employer-led visa application process that will involve 3 stages — the employer check, the job check and the worker check
  • a new temporary work visa that replaces 6 temporary work visas
  • classifying jobs as low- or high-paid based on whether they are paid above or below the median New Zealand wage, instead of using a combination of the ANZSCO Version 1.2 | Australian Bureau of Statistics

Long Term Skills Shortage List

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.

If you get a job in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you may be granted a Work to Residence visa under the Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa. This means that you may be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements and that job has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.

Link: https://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/

New Hourly Rates for SMC Resident Visa Applications

From 24 February 2020, SMC applicants must be paid NZD $25.50 or more per hour (or the equivalent annual salary) to be awarded points for skilled employment.

For example, minimum salaries for occupations at ANZSCO skill levels 1 to 3 must be:

  • NZD $39,780 a year based on a 30-hour work week
  • NZD $46,410 a year based on a 35-hour work week
  • NZD $53,040 a year based on a 40-hour work week.

Between 26 November 2018 and 23 February 2020 applicants must be paid NZD $25.00 or more per hour (or the equivalent annual salary).

Parent Category- INZ will select EOIs from May 2020

New financial requirements

The new financial requirements for the Parent Resident Visa can only be met through the income of the sponsor and their partner.

Here is a comparison of the previous and the new financial requirements, based on a median salary of NZD $53,040:

Sponsor Previous New (expected income thresholds)
1 sponsor for 1 parent (sponsor’s income) NZD $65,000 NZD $106,080 2 times the median salary
1 sponsor for 2 parents (sponsor’s income) NZD $65,000 NZD $159,120 3 times the median salary
Sponsor and partner  for 1 parent  (joint income) NZD $90,000 NZD $159,120 3 times the median salary
Sponsor and partner for 2 parents  (joint  income) NZD $90,000 NZD $212,160 4 times the median salary
Guaranteed lifetime income of 1 applicant or of a couple NZD $28,166 or
NZD $41,494
Not available in new parent category
Settlement funds NZD $500,000 Not available in new parent category

What is considered Skilled Occupation

UntitledIf your occupation is on this list it means that you are eligible to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This is a points-based visa that considers factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications and an offer of skilled employment.

To apply under the Skilled Migrant Category you must be aged 55 or under, meet the skill level for your occupation, and meet English language, health, and character requirements.

Please refer to Appendix 6 of this link: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/index.htm









E Medicals

UntitledeMedical goes live

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
From 24 November 2014, Immigration New Zealand will join eMedical, an online immigration health processing system developed by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

This service will be available to all applicants in the following countries:

  • Cambodia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates, and
  • Vietnam.

With eMedical, an approved panel physician and/or radiologist completes the medical and/or X-ray certificate and electronically submits the information to Immigration New Zealand.


If you are living in and submitting a health certificate with your application from one of the countries listed above, go to your nearest panel physician.


For more information on eMedical, refer to our eMedical Fact Sheet.






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Best Paying Jobs in New Zealand


Best Paying Jobs in New Zealand

1. Consulting and Strategy

Median pay: $100,842

That’s right, the median pay is over six figures, according to Seek. It’s the big organisations such as Fonterra, Fletcher Building and Progressive Enterprises pushing up the salaries in this bracket.

2. Information and Communication Technology

Median pay: $92,000- $95,000

No surprises here. Of course IT experts are still in hot demand, and are being offered the big bucks. This category takes out top spot in the TradeMe Salary Guide, and is in third place on Seek.

3. Engineering

Median pay: $75,000- $93,000

Seek ranks engineering as the second highest-paying industry. Your chances of landing a job in geotechnical, civil and structural engineering are high, especially if you’re prepared to move down south and take part in the Christchurch rebuild.

4. Property

Median pay: $71,400 – $75,000

Getting into property is still lucrative, but the category has dropped in ranking since this time last year. The top earners are in commercial sales and leasing where the median pay is $115,000 per year.

5. Banking and Financial Services

Median pay: $65,000 – $71,000

It’s the corporate bankers and managers who push this category up with high earnings.

When it comes to brokers and financial advisors, the outlook is good. According to MBIE, many workers in these occupations are likely to retire over the next decade. The advice for those entering the occupation is to start establishing a client list early, as they take time to build up.

6. Marketing and Communications

Median pay: $65,000- $78,000

If you enter this industry for the pay, look straight past becoming a journalist or direct marketer (both on a median wage of $45,000 per year). Brand managers and managers in general push up the median pay in this category.

7. Construction

Median pay: $60,000 – $78,000

The construction industry continues to grow, with good job prospects for engineers, project managers, welders, carpenters and electricians.

8. HR and Recruitment

Median pay: $65,000- $71,000

According to MBIE, the demand for human resource (HR) professionals is expected to grow slightly in the next decade. The chances of getting a job are fair, especially for those with specialist experience. Job opportunities for HR practitioners are best in: professional services, financial services, telecommunications, and supermarkets.

9. Government, Defence and Council

Median pay: $65,000- $67,000

Those who work in defence earn the least in this category, while those in central government earn the most.

10. Science and Technology

Median pay: $55,000 – $65,000

According to MBIE, prospects for science technicians are improving with increased research funding. The best opportunities lie in the applied sciences, and in areas that the Government has prioritised for funding in 2010-2014: biological industries, health, environment, and high-value manufacturing and services.

Sources: TradeMe Salary GuideSeek Salary Snapshot