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  • July 17, 2018

How to get New Zealand PR?

Questions about New Zealand PRLooking for information on “How to get New Zealand PR”? You may be asking the wrong question.

If you have researched New Zealand immigration laws online, you will have stumbled upon numerous versions of the question “How to get New Zealand PR?”.

There is a very easy answer to the question of getting PR in New Zealand. However, that answer is often absolutely useless to the people asking the question online.

First, what is New Zealand PR?

New Zealand PR is short for New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa. This visa is one step up from a Resident Visa, and allows a person to permanently live and travel to and from New Zealand.

Permanent Resident Visas differ from Resident Visas differ in one essential way. Permanent Resident Visas allow you to come and go from New Zealand as often as you like for as long as you like. However, a newly issued Resident Visa will have a travel expiry attached. If the holder of a Resident Visa is outside the country when the travel conditions expire, they will not be able to re-enter the country.

How do you get New Zealand PR?

Simply, if you have held a New Zealand Resident Visa for more than 2 years, you can apply for and be granted a Permanent Resident Visa.

What is wrong with the PR question?

If you are outside New Zealand and asking “How to get New Zealand PR?” you are asking the wrong question. You must first obtain a Resident Visa.

For many migrants obtaining a Resident Visa under any category before arriving in New Zealand is basically impossible, as the point requirements under SMC are too high to reach without a job offer.

Before looking at a Resident Visa, you should first look at a Work Visa. However, to get that work visa you will need a job offer. You can start that process by looking through some job search websites or contacting our Wellington-based licensed immigration advisers.




None of the above is intended or offered as personalized immigration advice.

If you require any immigration advice or consultation, please contact our Wellington immigration adviser as soon as possible.

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