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.


The government allows a small number of parents to join their adult children who are already settled in New Zealand.


Applicants must:


  • Be sponsored by an adult child who undertakes to provide accommodation and financial support for their parent(s) in the first 10 years of living in New Zealand.

  • Prove the sponsoring child (and their partner in some cases) has a high annual income to support their parent(s) in at least two out of the three years just before applying.

  • Have no dependent children.

  • Be of good health and character.


Only 1,000 parents are approved each year. The process of applying is complex and delays are normal. Take advice to avoid disappointment.

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.