The benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa for New Zealand

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benefits of skilled migrant visa new zealandThe benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa for New Zealand is one of the areas our advisers touch on most when speaking to clients.

It’s not that our clients don’t know that this visa offers applicants certain benefits, it’s just they don’t know the exact benefits.

We’re not surprised! It’s very easy for the average person to get lost in the immigration jargon and reams of information found on the internet.

That’s why we wanted to make it simpler for our future clients, like you perhaps, to understand the unique benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa.

First we’ll explain:

  • What is a resident visa?

And then we’ll look at what comes next:

  • The permanent resident visa.

The Skilled Migrant visa is a resident visa

New Zealand’s resident visas allows you to stay in the country permanently. This means:

  • You are free to live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • You have more or less the same rights and privileges as a New Zealand citizen:
    • Access to New Zealand’s health care and education systems.
    • Buy the same houses as New Zealanders.
    • Voting rights after you’ve been in the country for at least 12 months.

Here’s another benefit resident visas offer – you can include your partner and dependent children, aged 24 and under, in your residence application.

There is one small limitation

We have to explain the resident’s visa Expiry Date Travel to you and you’ll understand why when we move on to the permanent resident visa.

When you get your resident visa, you’ll see three dates:

  • Start Date
  • First Entry Before
  • Expiry Date Travel

The Start Date is the date your visa was issued on. You, and your family, must enter New Zealand at least once before the First Entry Before date. If you are in New Zealand when your visa is issued, this date won’t apply.

The Expiry Date Travel is when your travel conditions expire. To travel in and out of New Zealand as a resident after this date, the conditions must be renewed.

Here’s the big benefit once you have a permanent residence visa

The permanent residence visa gives you the same benefits, rights and privileges as the resident visa, with one exception:

Your visa does not have travel conditions.

You’ll never again have to worry about checking expiry dates. Your travels will be stress free from the moment you have that permanent resident visa in your passport.

When can you apply for permanent residence?

You can apply for a New Zealand Permanent Residence visa after two years as a New Zealand resident. As with all visas, you’ll have to meet a number requirements during the application process.

Do you want to find out if you can are eligible for New Zealand’s Skilled Migrant visa?

To be eligible for these benefits, you’ll have to be eligible to apply for a Skilled Migrant visa. How do you find out? By doing a comprehensive immigration assessment.

You can book an assessment with us today still and one of our consultants will be in touch within 24 hours to get the ball rolling.

Who knows, you might be able to call yourself a New Zealand resident soon. But you have to take that first step – a comprehensive assessment.

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