What makes the 2021 Resident Visa popular?
New Zealand’s 2021 Resident Visa is the talk of the town for migrants currently in New Zealand. On 30th September 2021, Kris Faafoi, the Minister of Immigration, announced the 2021 Resident Visa, a one-time, simpler path to permanent residency. Many employers, notably migratory workers and their families, will benefit significantly from this. Up to 165,000 migrants are expected to be able to apply for this visa.
New vs Old
New Zealand has long been chastised for its strict immigration rules. The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) was the most popular visa pathway to residency prior to the establishment of the 2021 Resident Visa. The visa policy of SMC is based on a points system that takes into account a number of variables that are believed to be markers of employability and settlement. To satisfy the points requirement and progress to the next step of the visa application procedure, the actual Resident Visa Application, a work offer is usually necessary. The New 2021 Resident Visa, on the other hand, is not the same as the Skilled Migrant Category Visa.
Like any other Resident Visas, this one too will enable eligible applicants to live permanently in New Zealand. Then, what makes it so popular and hyped.
Let’s take a glance at the unique features and benefits of this residency visa category.
- Simplified and easy eligibility requirements
- Most Work Visa holders are eligible
- Not limited only to those with median wages and skilled occupations.
- Some Critical Purpose visitor holders may be eligible
- No Point Calculation
- No age bar
- Partners & dependents offshore can be co-applicants
- Processing timeline of maximum 12 months
- Easy application and fee process
- A streamlined online application system
- No English language requirements
- No extensive character & health requirements
- Those who’re eligible, but in Australia can apply
- Existing applicants with submitted EOIs can apply
A One-Off Visa
Without a doubt, this is a one-of-a-kind Residency Visa. One of the most wise immigration judgments made in recent years. All migrants, their partners, and dependant children who meet the eligibility conditions by September 29, 2021, as well as a few Critical Purpose Visa holders, will benefit. By July 31, 2022, Immigration New Zealand hopes to have completed this application procedure. Because it is a one-off Residency Visa, it must be applied for with extreme caution. Even the slightest mistake while submitting your application can result in outright rejection. So, why take a chance?
At the same time, it has also raised apprehensions from those who may have been eligible for this visa but missed the eligibility criteria by a whisker. There’s light at the end of the tunnel just like there are other residency options too. This is not the only one. To understand your eligibility and even plan for future residency, consult an experienced Licensed Immigration Advisor or an Immigration Lawyer. They’re the best guides when it comes to immigration matters as they have an in-depth understanding of immigration policies and real-time experience too.
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