OPINION: So you qualify for the "one-off" Resident Visa. Great. You've been in New Zealand for the past three years, you meet the criteria. What could possibly go wrong?

Let's start with the day online applications open.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) estimates that 15,000 applications could be lodged on or soon after 1 December 2021 (phase one), and another 95,000 between 1 March and 31 July 2022 (phase two).

Naturally, INZ doesn't want them all lodged on the first day, or they could crash its online application system. In a recent briefing to immigration advisers, INZ stressed again and again that it doesn't want everyone applying at once.

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