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Parent Resident Visa Information.

Here we share some general information about Parent Residence policy. This does not replace or constitute immigration advice from a licensed immigration adviser.

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Parent Category.

If your adult child is a New Zealand Citizen or Resident and living in New Zealand, they may be able to sponsor you.

To qualify as a sponsor, your child will need to meet the minimum income threshold and be prepared to look after you financially for the first ten years post-approval.

Applicant Checklist.

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. This category is currently on hold, waiting for the government to reopen. Changes to the current policy are expected. Take advice to avoid disappointment.

Useful Information

The Malcolm Pacific Immigration team of advisers and experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complex world of New Zealand Parent Resident visas and immigration.

Parent Retirement Category.

This is a fast-track category for parents to join adult children who are living in New Zealand. Parents need to commit to making investments in New Zealand over a 4 year period and provide evidence of assets and income.

  • 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.

  • The parent(s) should be able to 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.

The Route To Parent Residence.

Requirements for Parent and Parent Retirement visas are different. Parent is limited by an annual quota of approvals, whereas Parent Retirement is unlimited. These regulatory processes can be frustrating to follow, and the bureaucracy can be overwhelming.

If you need assistance in navigating these complicated conditions, don't hesitate to contact us. The Parent categories in New Zealand can seem overly complicated, but you can rely on the experts at Malcolm Pacific Immigration to help guide you through this maze.

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 a reunion with their 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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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

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

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

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