Residency requirements for New Zealand benefits and pensions
A guide to the residency requirements for New Zealand benefits and pensions.
Periods of employment overseas where you were liable to pay income tax in New Zealand can count towards periods spent resident in New Zealand.
To meet the residency requirements for New Zealand Superannuation, Veteran’s Pension (New Zealand pensions) and most New Zealand benefits, generally, you must:
- be lawfully resident, and
- be present, and
- be ordinarily resident in New Zealand, and
- have spent some time living in New Zealand (a period of residence).
This is also necessary when applying for general or special portability of New Zealand pensions (unless you meet specific criteria under the legislation to make an application for general portability while overseas).
Please note: Other criteria also apply to each pension or benefit you apply for.
Our International Services team specialise in overseas pensions.