I have few questions about my son... he has been accepted in one of the universities in New Zealand and I have a few

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Customer: hello I have few questions about my son... he has been accepted in one of the universities in New Zealand and I have a few questions
JA: Have you talked to a New Zealand lawyer about this?
Customer: not yet I would like to be connected to a lawyer... to have a voice chat
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: just getting the acceptance from the University
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Hello I have a few questions and I would kindly like to ask for help from a Lawyer from New Zealand.
My son, who is an Egyptian, has been accepted in the University of Auckland in NZ. He will be studying Engineering. I have many questions regarding his future in NZ.
The questions are as follows:1. He is 17 years old at the moment. Would this be an advantage for him. As in would the age factor be considered towards gaining a Permanent Residency ?2. The First Semester in the University will be held online. When do I apply for a Student Visa? Should I apply now or Do I wait till the University resumes physical attendance?3. What is the best approach required to gain the NZ Passport and Permanent Residency while studying in the University? Is amount of time taken in the Academic Program considered while applying for the NZ Passport and Permanent Residency. Will the number of years covered in the academic program help in applying for the passport and Permanent Residency? Or does the NZ government start considering the amount time of time spent in NZ after graduation or during work?4. When should he apply for the Permanent Residency and Passport?5. Does NZ require Engineers as in regards ***** ***** Patterns required by the country?
As a foreign Engineer would it be relatively easy to find a job?6. If he did find a job; how long does he have to work in order to apply for the Permanent Residency and Passport?7. How long does it take to gain Permanent Residency and the NZ passport after that?8. Are there any special conditions that are needed in order to gain the Permanent Residency and Passport?9. Is my son required to stay continuously and consecutively in New Zealand without leaving the country in order to get the Permanent Residency and Passport? Or is he allowed to leave NZ and then get back?Does leaving NZ for vacation compromise in any way the process of achieving the permanent residency and Passport during study, and after graduation during working?
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1. He will not be eligible for permanent residency as a student and will be able to apply much later so age will not be a factor

2. He should start the process of applying for the visa now but the New Zealand borders are closed due to Covid and may not open until next year, so it will take some time.

3. He cannot get permanent residency as a student and must graduate and have a job before he can apply. He must wait for 5 years as a permanent resident before he can apply for citizenship.

4. See 3

5. Engineers on the skill shortage lists can get a work visa and then after two years apply for permanent residency

6. He must stay in New Zealand to qualify for both although he can take short trips overseas

Customer
Thank you Mr Chris for your reply....short trips meaning the stay in New Zealand does not have to be consecutive for 5 years?
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As a permanent resident
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

He must stay in New Zealand primarily
Customer
But can still go for vacations right?
Customer
Much appreciated for the prompt reply
Thank you
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From the Citizenship ActCitizenship by grant
(1)
The Minister may authorise the grant of New Zealand citizenship to any person, including a person who may be a New Zealand citizen by descent, who—
(a)
has attained the age of 16 years; and
(b)
is of full capacity; and
(c)
applies for citizenship in the prescribed manner; and
(d)
satisfies the Minister that he or she meets each of the requirements specified in subsection (2).
(2)
The requirements referred to in subsection (1)(d) are as follows:
(a)
that the applicant is entitled in terms of the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely:
(b)
that the applicant was present in New Zealand—
(i)
for a minimum of 1 350 days during the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the application; and
(ii)
for at least 240 days in each of those 5 years,—
being days during which the applicant was entitled in terms of the Immigration Act 2009 to be in New Zealand indefinitely:
(c)
that the applicant is of good character:
(d)
that the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges attaching to New Zealand citizenship:
(e)
that the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the English language:
(f)
that the applicant intends, if granted New Zealand citizenship, either—
(i)
to continue to reside in New Zealand;
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Thank you very much!!!
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