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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.

Explore New Zealand visa options

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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