Amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, New Zealand extends support through the Special Ukraine Visa program, originally a temporary solution. Now, Immigration Minister Andrew Little announces a pathway to permanent residency for those arriving before March 15, emphasizing New Zealand’s commitment to providing lasting solutions for those seeking refuge.
The window for Expressions of Interest for the Special Ukraine Visa was initially set for 12 months, commencing on March 15, 2022. Acknowledging the persisting challenges, the New Zealand government extended this period for an additional 12 months until March 15, 2024.
Since its inception, the government has granted more than 1,500 Special Ukraine Visas.
Pathway to Permanent Residency:
Individuals who were granted the Special Ukraine Visa and arrived in New Zealand before March 15, 2024, are now eligible to apply for the Ukraine Residence Visa pathway. This tailored pathway is designed to provide support for those who have chosen to make New Zealand their permanent home.
Streamlined Residency Application Process:
Applicants for residency under the Special Ukraine Residency pathway will only be required to provide a Limited Medical Certificate. Standard character checks and identity requirements are mandatory, but to enhance accessibility, the NZD1200 residency visa application fee will be applicable, with the Immigration Levy being waived. Notably, there are no English language, financial proof, or sponsorship requirements, fostering inclusivity.
New Zealand’s dedication to assisting individuals affected by global conflicts is evident in the extension of the Special Ukraine Residency pathway. This initiative not only provides refuge but also offers a clear route to permanent residency. Prospective applicants are encouraged to stay informed and make the most of the simplified process. If you dream of living in New Zealand, allow us to guide you through the journey. Reach out to us, and together, we can turn your dream into reality!