Applications for the next phase of the 2021 Resident Visa will open from 10am on 1 March 2022. Those eligible will be able to apply online any time from then until 31 July 2022.
INZ has made some operational decisions that mean there is no advantage to submitting an application in the first week.
Applications made in the enhanced Immigration Online system received from 1 March will be held in INZ's system. INZ will not start processing these until the end of March.
Applications will then be released for processing in order of the principal applicant’s current visa expiry date at the time of their 2021 Resident Visa application.
A medical certificate will not be needed to apply in the enhanced Immigration Online system. If a medical certificate or any further information is required, INZ will ask.
Applicants will need to provide information from a valid passport. They will not need to send the document itself to us. Anyone who needs a new passport has plenty of time as applications for the 2021 Resident Visa are open until 31 July 2022.
It is not about submitting faster but more about preparing decision-ready applications.