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Get NZ residence

To live in NZ permanently, you need a resident visa.

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COVID-19  — Immigration NZ

Get a resident visa

To get a resident visa, you usually need to start with a temporary visa that will let you:

  • work
  • study, or
  • own a business.

New Zealand residence

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.

Resident to permanent resident

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.

How to apply for NZ citizenship

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