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How to get New Zealand PR from India?

New Zealand is an open country; welcoming people and fabricating Friendships. A warm welcome is revealed with warmth and hospitality in all the localities very well. The New Zealanders say that they know very well what it’s like arriving somewhere new. They are great international travelers and nearly a quarter of them were born outside New Zealand.

The culture of New Zealand is shaped by a unique mix of Maori and European culture. Today New Zealand’s diversely combined influences come from around the world, especially the pacific. Food hospitality has always been at the heart of the Maori way of life.

Why choose New Zealand?

Because Surveys have been frequently proving that New Zealanders enviable work life balance is excellent. The 2014 survey by Mercer, the global HR consultants, again ranked Auckland third in the world for ‘Quality of Living’, after Vienna and Zurich, and first in Asia Pacific and Australasia. The UN has ranked New Zealand 6th out of 187 countries on its latest human development Index. Crime rates are lower in New Zealand than in other major countries of the world; it is also privileged as the third safest country in the globe.

 What is New Zealand Permanent Residency Status?

The New Zealand PR allows you to live, work, or study in New Zealand for an indefinite period and provides you most of the rights of a valid New Zealand citizen. You can apply for the PR visa in New Zealand, once you have held the resident visa for two years without any disruption. Find below the key benefits of NZ PR visa.

What are the Key Benefits of the New Zealand PR visa?

Below are the key advantages of NZ PR visa:

  • It allows you to live in New Zealand indefinitely
  • Provides you access to NZ healthcare
  • Gets you an access to NZ school education
  • It allows you to exit and re-enter the country as a Resident on a permanent basis.

How can you apply for the NZ PR visa from India?

The basic visa options if you want to live in New Zealand permanently and your visa application will be based on your occupation or skills.

The Skilled Migrant Category- for the people who have the skills, qualifications and experience New Zealand needs.

Work to Residence- for the people who- are qualified in occupations that are in demand in New Zealand or have a job offer from an accredited employer, or have an exceptional talent in sports or the arts.

These options will allow you for a temporary work visa as a step towards gaining permanent residence.

Residence from Work- for the people who are already in New Zealand on a work to residence visa; want to apply for residence.

What is The Skilled Migrant Category Visa?

The Skilled Migrant Category of visa in New Zealand gives most of the rights of a citizen, including-

  • the ability to enter and leave the country,
  • to work for any employer,
  • full access to health care benefits and educational subsidies,

For the visa holders and their dependents.

There are two stages of applying for residence under Skilled Migrant Category.

Stage one- one has to complete an EOI, in this EOI you can claim points for age, skilled employment, work experience, qualifications etc. your points total will help you determine whether to submit your EOI for the selection process. At this stage, no evidence or documentation is required.

Stage two- if your EOI is selected from the EOI pool, the government decides whether they will invite you to apply for residence in New Zealand based on the points you have claimed.

  • the general time taken in the EOI process is 8-12weeks,
  • The ITA contains instructions and a list of documents/evidences that will be needed to be submitted to the nearest office.
  • Once the residence application with documents is submitted, an immigration officer will asses and decide if residence will be granted. They will communicate with the applicant if further information is required.
  • the general time taken for the residence process is 6-9 months

Submit your resident application within six months on the form which is provided to you by the government. If it’s successful, you will be issued either the resident visa or the job search visa.

How many points do I need?

The Expression of Interest determines the points one claims to be a skilled migrant, and 100 points will get your EOI into the pool, but the more points you have, the more likely you are to be selected. There are bonus points also in some cases as if you work in an identified future growth area or in absolute skills shortage you get 10 points for that.

There are 10 points if you work in a region outside Auckland, and 20 points more if your partner has a skilled job or job offer.

If you have 140 points or over your EOI will be selected automatically for an ITA.

If you have 100-135 points you are able to submit an EOI but it may not be selected.

you are more likely to be successful if you have- a job or job offer for skilled employment , or

Claimed bonus points for work experience in an area of absolute skill shortage.

What is the cost to apply for NZ Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa?

Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa Fee

To apply for Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, you need to pay immigration cost and apply for residence charges. Apart from the fee, you also need to pay other charges, i.e. Fee for International English Language Testing System (IELTS), medical and PCC charges, etc.Find below the detailed explanation of fees and charges involved while applying for the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) visa.


Application Cost

Stage 1 (Expression of Interest)


Stage 2 (Apply for Residence)


Note: The visa fees and requirements given above are subject to change periodically. Hence, you may contact Anavrin Adviser, an immigration expert, to clarify the latest/updated visa fees.

Other Charges involved

You also need to pay for obtaining few crucial documents, which you need to submitduring the process or along with the visa application form, i.e.

  • IELTS Test fee- You need to pay for sitting in the IELTS exam and obtaining the test result for English proficiency
  • Medical Exam – Medical Examination fee can vary place to place
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) – This document cost depends upon the place you are applying.

Explanation of fees/charges:

  • EOI (Stage 1) -You pay this feefor your online application submission through Visa or MasterCard. 
  • Apply for Residence (Stage 2) - This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. You will not get any refund for the application costs if Immigration NZ decline your application.A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Modes of payment

  • Online-You can pay for your application online by Visa or Mastercard. 
  • By Post- Credit Card/Debit Card/Bang Cheque or Draft/ Personal Cheque


  • EOI selection- Normally Immigration NZ select EOIs from the pool every 2 weeks. 
  • Invitation to Apply-After selection from the pool NZ will review your EOI within 3 weeks 
  • Apply- After receiving the invitation to apply for residence, you must submit your complete application and payment within 4 months. 
  • Processing- The 90% of applications are presently completed within this 23 months 

For more information or to see if you qualify, please make an enquiry with one of our qualified and experienced Migration Consultants.

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