If you want to travel, your Permanent Resident Visa will need to be in a valid passport. You may need to apply to transfer your permanent resident visa to a new passport.
Non-principal applicants can’t apply for permanent residence before the principal applicant, unless a non-principal exception applies.
If we’re unable to grant you a Permanent Resident Visa, we may be able to offer you another resident visa or a variation of your resident visa travel conditions. This would give you more time to travel to and from New Zealand as a resident.
Gather documents : Preparing an application varies in complexity. For most visas you’ll need to get all the evidence together before you submit your application.
Submit application : Many visas can be applied for online. Others need to be sent to us with the application forms, your passport and other supporting documents.
Wait for visa decision : We’ll assess your application as soon as we can. We may ask you for more information if needed and will let you know about your visa as soon as it’s decided.
Arrive in New Zealand : If you’re not already in New Zealand you can now come to visit, invest, work, study or live permanently.