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Mum and Dad visas still on ice

The NZ Government closed the parent residence visa category in October 2016 leaving parents with no pathway to join children in New Zealand. Now there is a Labour Government in place the question is will Mums and Dads remain frozen out?

09/07/20181 min read
Mum and Dad visas still on ice


The NZ Government closed the parent residence visa category in October 2016 leaving parents with no pathway to join children in New Zealand. Now there is a Labour Government in place the question is will Mums and Dads remain frozen out?

The Labour Government says it will decide whether the parent residence visa category will reopen sometime this year. It’s not a priority.

You can always discuss any special circumstances with us.

Meanwhile the current residence programme ends June 30, 2018. The Government also needs to decide what number of residence approvals they want in future years. Watch this space.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21