Congratulations on your invitation!
You are now required to make a formal residence application, and have four months to gather and submit the documentation supporting the points you have claimed in your EOI. Our website has a helpful section that will assist you in this process.
Once we have received your application, your immigration officer will continue to process it, and will contact you directly if they require further information.
The processing times will vary depending on your particular case and the branch where your residence is being processed. It is estimated to take 4-6 months, but for more specific information, please refer to the Branch Pages of your processing branch. Any decisions will be communicated to you in writing.
I won't be able to submit my application within 4 months. What do I do?
Unfortunately, no extensions can be made to the 4 month deadline given to apply for residence (your 'Invitation to Apply').
Please endeavour to submit your completed residence visa application within the timeframe given.
My temporary visa will expire before my residence application is decided. Is this a problem?
You must remain on a valid temporary visa throughout the processing time of your residence application. If your temporary entry class visa expires while in NZ, the processing of your residence application must be suspended under section 169 (3) of the Immigration Act 2009.
Please click on the relevant link to find out how to extend a visitor, work or student visa. Please note that if you hold a work visa, and will apply for an Essential Skills work visa during this time, a special process will be considered for you, as per below details:
Applications for Essential Skills work visas where an applicant is awaiting a Skilled Migrant Category decision
As per instructions WK2.5.15, you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa, valid for 12 months, without the usual requirement for evidence showing that New Zealand citizens or residents are not available to do the work offered, if:
This answer was last updated on 11 May, 2016.
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