New Zealand Ukraine Resident Visa Imminent

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced that the new Ukraine Resident Visa opens on March 16, 2024, and will remain open for two years. Applications must be submitted before March 16, 2026.  The visa permits holders, their partners and children to live, work, and study in New Zealand permanently.

This visa is available to people who arrived in New Zealand on a 2022 Special Ukraine Visa on or before March 15, 2024.  All applicants must meet standard character and identity requirements and provide a Limited Medical Certificate and chest X-ray certificate. However, applicants do not need to take an English language test as part of their application. The applicant can add their partner and dependent children to their application.

The 2022 Special Ukraine Visa is a two-year temporary visa for Ukrainians with family in New Zealand. Expressions of interest (EOIs) from new applicants for this visa will close at midnight New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT) on Friday 15 March 2024.

Those already in New Zealand on a 2022 Special Ukraine Visa can continue to:

  • apply for further 2022 Special Ukraine Visas while you shelter in New Zealand; or
  • wait for the outcome of their Ukraine Resident Visa application.
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