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Residence Pathway

What is the Transport Work to Residence Visa?

The Transport Work to Residence Visa makes it possible for people who have worked in certain transport occupation roles in New Zealand to be able to apply for residency. 

Applicants must meet certain criteria to be considered eligible for the transport work to residence visa including being offered employment by an Accredited Employer and to have completed at least 24 months of work in an eligible role in New Zealand. 

This residency pathway visa allows you to live, work and study in New Zealand, as well as include your partner and dependent children in your application.

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What Transport Roles are Eligible for the Transport Work to Residence Visa?

To be eligible for this type of residency visa pathway, you must be qualified and experienced in a transport role in New Zealand for at least 24 months. The occupations and relevant ANZCO code that are approved work to residence transport roles are:

  • bus driver (731211)
  • truck driver (733111)
  • aircraft refueller (733112)
  • furniture removalist (733113)
  • tanker driver (733114)
  • tow truck driver (733115)
  • ship’s master (231231)
  • deck hand (899211)

Please be aware that each of the above roles have specific requirements that need to be met – we’ve included that information in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page.

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What other criteria must be met?

In addition to being qualified and meeting the experience requirements for the occupation that you are applying through; applicants must also ensure that they meet the following criteria too:

  • Applicants must be aged 55 years or younger;
  • Applicants must be working for or have a job offer from an accredited employer;
  • Applicants must be of good character;
  • Applicants must be in good health; 
  • Applicants must be able to speak and understand English; and 
  • Applicants must hold a work visa or Critical Purpose Visitor Visa that allows them to work at the time of making the application.

You can discuss your situation with our immigration specialists to ensure your eligibility.

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How Immigration Chambers Can Help

Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, but here at Immigration Chambers, we’re here to make understanding your options and securing the right New Zealand visa for you a lot easier. 

Our team of immigration specialists include accredited immigration lawyers and licensed immigration advisers who are not only vastly experienced in all manner of immigration law matters but are also well versed in the latest immigration laws and restrictions for New Zealand. 

When you’re looking to become a New Zealand resident through the Transport Work to Residence Visa, we can help you by ensuring you do have the right qualifications and skills that allow you to submit your application, we can also help to ensure that you have provided all of the right information and avoid making costly mistakes. 

We can also help to ensure that this is the right visa option for you. There are lots of different options that makes immigrating to New Zealand possible, so we will listen to you to understand your situation – making sure you achieve the right visa for you.

Why Choose IC Legal for New Zealand Immigration matters?

Here’s why people choose IC Legal for assistance with immigration and visas for New Zealand:

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We make the process easier

Immigration and visa matters are often complex but we’re here to take the stress and confusion out of the process and ensure that you have the right information for your situation.

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Expert Advice

Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.

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Exceptional results

We pride ourselves on being able to advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and ensure that our advice leads to successful outcomes.

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Clear communication

We will always keep you up to date with the latest news and any changes to policies and laws that could impact your visa application.

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