15 April 2024

Xmas comes early for over 1000 people who get NZ residency

More than 1,000 people could not have asked for a better Christmas present than having been granted New Zealand residence under the new 2021 Resident Visa category since phase one applications opened on 1 December 2021.

As at 22 December, a total of 1,057 people have had their resident visa granted, with another 500 people expected to be granted residence soon, according to Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

INZ’s General Manager Geoff Scott says this is great news for the more than 1,000 people who have become New Zealand residents before Christmas.

“Some of these people have been waiting a long time to become residents so it is exciting to see that happen just weeks after submitting their 2021 Resident Visa application,” Scott says.

“It also shows that the new category is delivering on being quick and easy to assess.”

A total of 11,697 2021 Resident Visa applications, involving 27,784 people, have been received. That is more than 80 per cent of the total number of applications expected under phase one.

“On top of the more than 1,000 people who have already become residents, another 500 people are very close to being granted residence, with payment just needing to be arranged before their applications can be finalised.

“We will continue to work hard to process as many phase one applications as possible, before phase two opens on 1 March 2022,” Scott says.

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