Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced
that it is temporarily suspending the parent category. What does
this mean for your parents and what can you do?
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced
that it is temporarily suspending the parent category, as of 12
The number of number of spaces available under the scheme is
being reduced from 11,000 (for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 years)
to 4,000 (for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 years).
This effectively means that unless your parents are already
part-way through the application process, they are very unlikely to
be able to gain residence through the parent category, at least for
the next two years.
The parent category will be reviewed over the coming months. We
do not yet know what the new criteria will be. However, they will
be much stricter to ensure that the new cap is adhered to without
creating long queues.
How did the parent category work?
New Zealand citizens or residents, who have lived here for at
least three years, could sponsor their parents to obtain
The process involved submitting an Expression of Interest
(EOI) to INZ. When a space became available under
the scheme, INZ could select the EOI and send the parent(s) an
Invitation to Apply. The parent(s) could then formally apply for
EOIs were selected in the order that they were received.
However, EOIs for "Tier One" applications were usually
selected first. Parents could ensure their application was Tier
One, if they had either a certain level of guaranteed income, funds
to bring with them to New Zealand, or their sponsoring child was
earning at a certain level (at least $65,000 per annum).
What do the changes mean?
If your parents have not yet started the process, which means
they have not submitted an EOI, then INZ recommends that they do
not start. The reduced number of places means that INZ is unlikely
to select any more EOIs in the next two years. After those two
years we do not know what the new criteria will be for
If your parents have submitted an EOI but not yet received an
Invitation to Apply, it is very unlikely that they will. Therefore,
they will not be able to proceed with their application at least
for the next two years. They may also need to meet the new and as
yet unknown criteria.
If your parents have received an Invitation to Apply, then they
can proceed with submitting their formal application. However,
their application is unlikely to be decided until after July 2018.
This is just because there are less spaces, so a longer queue is
If your parents have already submitted their formal application,
then their application may also not be decided until after July
2018, depending on where it is in the queue.
Are there any other ways to get residence for my parents?
If your parents have $1million to invest in New Zealand, plus
$500,000 in funds to help them settle, and also a guaranteed income
of at least $60,000 per annum, they may be able to qualify for
residence under the Parent Retirement Category.
Are there any other options for having my parents with me in
Your parents may be eligible for a multiple-entry visitor visa.
This would allow them to spend 18 months in New Zealand, over at
least three separate six-month visits, within a three year
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