This article is about Immigration Policy but is not a description of policy.

This policy area is confusing. There is “Parent Policy”, restricted by a quota; and then there is “Parent, Retirement Policy”, which has no quotas.



Parent Policy.


This policy is closed and reopens in February 2020.


The number of parents approved residence each year is controlled by a quota set by the government from time to time. Children in New Zealand must be able to demonstrate (high) minimum income levels earned over a number of years before they can sponsor parents. A high standard of health and character requirements apply to parents.



Parent, Retirement


  • The parent(s) should have at least one child living permanently in New Zealand. There is no minimum residency period.

  • The parent(s) should have no dependent children.

  • The parent(s) should be able to;

  • invest NZ$1,000,000 for a minimum period of 4 years;

  • demonstrate that in addition they have at least $500,000 in available assets to assist in their immediate settlement costs;

  • and at least $60,000 per annum regularly available income with which to support themselves.



General Comments.


Sometimes families expect that rules can be bent to accommodate respected parents; but immigration procedures always apply.


Applicants from some regions face additional delays because of special "security checks".


Even elderly parents are expected to meet very high health standards. Malcolm Pacific Immigration can argue exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but once again this can cause delays.


Families should not delay planning for reunion with parents. Contact Malcolm Pacific Immigration and identify the issues early on, so we can help your family to have a happy outcome.


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