What is the New Resident Visa announced by the immigration minister?

On September 30th, 2021, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi introduced a new one-off residence visa pathway that provides certainty to over 165,000 migrants currently in NZ. A new one-off residence pathway means many work visa holders will be able to remain in New Zealand permanently. The 2021 Resident Visa acknowledges the contribution migrants have made to New Zealand during COVID-19 and the uncertainty they’ve faced with closed borders and necessary changes to immigration settings. The new resident visa also allows employers to retain settled, skilled and scarce migrant workers, reflecting their critical part in New Zealand’s economy.

Who is eligible for the New Resident Visa?
To be eligible, the individual must:

  1. Have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and
  2. Be on an eligible visa* or have applied for an eligible visa on or before 29 September 2021 that is later granted.
  3. You must also meet one of the three criteria below:
  4. have lived in New Zealand for three or more years, or
  5. earn at or above the median wage ($27 per hour), or
  6. work in a role on a scarce list.

*Eligible Visas
On 29 September all applicants must have been on (or have applied for and later granted) one of the following visas:

  • Post Study Work Visa
  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Religious Worker Work Visa
  • Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Work Visa
  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa
  • Trafficking Victim Work Visa
  • Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa
  • Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Work Visa
  • Victims of Family Violence Work Visa
  • South Island Contribution Work Visa
  • Work Visa granted under Section 61 (provided the applicant held another eligible visa type within 6 months before being granted a Section 61 visa)
  • Some Critical Purpose Visitor Visas (CPVV):

Critical health workers for longer term roles (6 months or longer), and
Other critical workers for long term roles (more than 6 months).
Short-term visa holders are not eligible, such as visitors, students, working holiday makers, and seasonal workers like those on the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme or those who enter as short-term critical workers.

When can I apply?

The 2021 resident visa applications will be submitted in 2 phases:

Phase 1: 1 December 2021 – 28 February 2022

  • Individuals who have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category EOI before its closure in March 2020, received an ITA (Invitation to Apply) and applied for residence before 29 September 202
  • Individuals who have submitted a Skilled Migrant Category EOI after March 2020 (did not receive an ITA and hence did not apply for residence), as long as your dependent children aged 17 years or over were included in it

Residence from Work categories submitted before 29 September 2021

Phase 2: 1 March 2022 – 31 July 2022
Everyone else eligible for 2021 Resident Visa but not included in Phase 1, can apply under Phase 2. This includes those Skilled Migrant Category applications sitting in the pool.
All applications must be made by 31 July 2022.

How can I apply?

More information about the application process will be available by the end of October. It’s an online application unlike SMC and Residence from Work which were paper based.

What is the visa processing timeframe?

It will take about 12 months (or faster) to process.

Additional Notes:

Immigration New Zealand is committed to ensuring the application and fee process is as easy as possible for the applicants. This is not a permanent category. It has a window of 8 months within which applications can be submitted.

Source: Immigration New Zealand, 2021

Why Study Overseas

With the world coming closer and demand for global professionals on the rise, we are seeing a larger mobility of students across borders to gain skills that can help them meet their academic and professional goals.

Studying overseas is more than just about attaining the degree, it’s an experience of a lifetime. Along with quality education, it also provides you with an overall personality development and a holistic approach. In comparison to the Indian education system, studying overseas provides students with a huge range of courses and practice-based programs to choose from. This not only gives you freedom of choice but also helps you find your best career fit.

Over the years, we’ve seen that students with international exposure are more desirable to corporates. Their experience of living independently, their exposure to perspectives and values of other cultures and the skills they develop while working with the students of other nationalities, makes them more dynamic, flexible and employable. They tend to have a broader horizon and a global perspective.

Studying with other nationalities helps you see the world from a different lens. You get the opportunity to learn a new language, to absorb a new culture, to travel and explore, to meet different people and much more. This not only enhances your creativity but also your ability to think innovatively. As living abroad is not restricted to the walls of the University, the horizon of learning is much wider and life changing.

Pursuing a course internationally can give you broader range of career options, increase your network and even help you find a home in another country. It is nothing less than an opportunity to make your dreams come true. Step out of your comfort zones, embrace the change and get ready to make the world your home.
If you think you are up for this challenge to be accountable and responsible for your career, contact our experts today and together let’s build a rewarding career path for you.

The Covid-19 pandemic has surely put a halt on every international student’s plan to study abroad. For the universities across the globe, this has been a challenging experience too as they had to shift their ways of teaching and had to move to the digital way of imparting education. This is the new normal but practically not all courses can be taught with that ease online. Majority of the Indian students are seem to be interested to move ahead with their education plan as soon as they are allowed to. However, we are seeing a change in the country a student wishes to choose for overseas education.

Student’s country preferences have been changing overtime but the reasons for the same have changed too. Before Covid, the main reasons to change their preferences has been the variety of courses available and the ease of admission process. The shift has been from choosing the top 4 countries that were the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia to eventually moving towards like Germany, Ireland, South Korea and Singapore. This shift usually was seen towards 2016 and was compared to the early 2000s.

But Covid-19 has made this shift even more prevalent.

Overtime, the factors that affected students’ university and country choices have also been seen to have been affected. Ease of admissions, immigration, education quality, costs, etc used to be the primary concerns before. However, since 2020 students’ major concerns have turned out to be safety and minimum risk while choosing their destination. Hence, countries that have dealt with the pandemic efficiently and have had lower numbers of covid-19 cases, such as New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Japan, etc are more preferable and are in high priority for the students.

New Zealand currently has over 13,500 Indian students studying in its 8 universities and 14 polytechnics contributing to the NZD 5 Billion education sector. There was a rise by 63% of Indian students seen in 2019. These 8 NZ universities rank among the top 3% of universities in the world and thus the quality stands out.

With the world fighting the covid crisis, one country that brings hope to the students in these trying times is New Zealand. The young and efficient governance in the country has not only provided care and protection to its citizens, but also to the international students making the student health insurance cover Covid -19 related healthcare expenses. Along with the healthcare, the part time students were ensured with the minimum wage subsidy in order to ensure the continuity in income. A lot of the international students were on the verge of visa expiration which was automatically extended due to the lockdown enforced during summer. These measure taken to provide support to the international students have increased the credibility of New Zealand when it comes to choosing a study destination.

As a nation fighting with a pandemic, New Zealand’s performance has outshined many powerful countries of the world which were expected to stand tall. If compared to the US, New Zealand hasn’t been ranking in the health index of the world, nor does it have an experienced leader yet was efficient and successful enough in handling the crises in a much better manner. The crisis management excellence observed by the New Zealand governance has clearly instilled more faith and trust in its public and has set an example of how an inexperienced leadership can outshine years of experience based on the understanding of the crisis and the right approach.

Till now New Zealand has had total 1,974 cases out of which 1,905 have recovered with 25 casualties. These numbers clearly depict the efficiency of the nation as compared to many others. Currently, there are only 44 active cases out of which 42 are at the border because they are the people who have travelled from the other parts of the world. The community number is only 2 (COVID-19: Current cases, 2020). New Zealand has also made put strict restrictions for the migrants. At the moment only, permanent residents and citizens can enter the country. Such strict laws and efficient management of the in-house situation has made it possible for the New Zealand government to handle the situation with the best of it’s ability.


The decision to study overseas can be a daunting process as there can be a lot of factors to consider. A student should be sure of the choice of country, the institution and most importantly the program they wish to enroll in. When a person decides to go overseas for education, it is important for them to know the right details from the right people. Majority of the international students look for agents or consultants to help them through the process. Hence, it is very important to choose an authorized and reputable agency that has had a track record of successfully sending students abroad. For insuring authenticity, all the countries have their nodal agencies which are responsible to promote, maintain and manage education related opportunities overseas. Education New Zealand (nodal agency of Government of New Zealand) maintains an agency partnership program called Education New Zealand Recognized Agency. They ensure a committed code of conduct that the agencies have to follow including but not limited to prioritizing the wellbeing of students, ensuring ethical and professional service as well as sharing authentic information. Along with the consultation of choosing the right course, these agencies provide with detailed information about the process and ensure successful admission followed by post-admission assistance making the journey much easier. Such agencies are considered to be experts in the respective study destination, and they are able to assist the students across the entire process without any professional fee.

Estero is a New Zealand registered entity that consults and sends students from South Asia and Middle East region to the right Universities in New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Estero defines itself as an education consultant and not as an agent. This is because we consult the students in making the right decision and we derive our success based on the positive outcomes that our students reap overseas. Estero is led by an entrepreneur who has been an international student himself, supported by a team of professionals who have either studied overseas or have experience of going through the process of international education. This makes Estero the right place for you to learn about all your options, understand the courses, seek advice and help beyond the entire process of reaching the study destination. Our services ranging from career counselling, assisting with admissions, supervising the visa documentation to post departure guidance; will guide you through your path to a new phase of your professional and academic journey.

Estero New Zealand has been successfully helping students realize their dream to study at the top ranked New Zealand universities since a decade (almost!). We have been recognized by Education New Zealand as an Education New Zealand Recognized Agency. Under the ENZRA certification, Education New Zealand recognizes a reputable agency with a track record of successfully enrolling students in New Zealand. This helps the student and professionals to choose the right people without getting misled.

There are many further benefits of working with a recognised agency. Agents including Estero often host information events and education fairs where you get a chance to meet the representatives from the Universities to get a better understanding on the choice of programs. The best part is that at Estero, we don’t charge any consultation or processing fee.

If you dream to achieve the best quality education, explore the world, achieve your career goals and build your future, Estero is the place where we will help you reach your desired destination. At Estero, we work for you and with you. Reach out to us and let us help you in making your journey easier and efficient.