Get NZ residence
To live in NZ permanently, you need a resident visa.
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Get a resident visa
To get a resident visa, you usually need to start with a temporary visa that will let you:
- study, or
- own a business.
Check the conditions of your visa before you travel out of NZ. Being out of NZ can affect the status of your resident visa.
Permanent Resident Visa
A Permanent Resident Visa is usually the next step after you’re granted a Resident Visa.
With a Permanent Resident Visa you can travel in and out of NZ as much as you like.
Apply for NZ citizenship after you’ve been a resident
After meeting certain requirements, including at least 5 years residence in NZ, you can apply for NZ citizenship.