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The Parent Resident Category (most popular category for parents of New Zealand citizens or residents to get residence in New Zealand) is reopening and the new policy is out now!

 

 

 

What are the changes? 

 

The main difference between this and the old Tier 1 and Tier 2 policies will be the income requirement for the adult child and/or partner sponsoring the parent(s)/parent(s)-in-law  which is higher than before.

The new parent category:

  •  has an EOI process and single tier of applications
  •  requires sponsorship by an adult child, or an adult child and their partner
  • requires the adult child and their partner to both agree to sponsorship obligations if joint income is used to meet sponsorship requirements
  • introduces new financial measures for sponsors based on the New Zealand median income
  • requires sponsors to meet the income criteria for two out of the three years before the application for residence, and to provide evidence of their annual income through Inland
    Revenue tax statements
  • takes into account the total number of parents that sponsors are committed to sponsor,
    including previous resident visas granted under the Parent Category, when determining the
    income criteria for an application.

 There is a limit of 1000 parent resident  visas granted each year (ending 30 June).

 

 How much do I need to earn to sponsor my parent or residence?

 

A sponsoring adult must meet the minimum income threshold for 2 out of 3 years prior (to ITA being issued).

 

i. Minimum income thresholds for one sponsor by number of parents:

Effective date Median
income
1 2 3 4
24/02/2020 onwards $53,040 $106,080 $159,120 $212,160 $265,200
26/11/2018 to 23/02/2020 $52,000 $104,000 $156,000 $208,000 $260,000
Before 26/11/2018 $50,523 $101,046 $151,569 $202,092 $252,615

ii. Minimum income thresholds for two (joint) sponsors by number of parents:

Effective date Median
income
1 2 3 4
24/02/2020 onwards $53,040 $159,120 $212,160 $265,200 $318,240
26/11/2018 to 23/02/2020 $52,000 $156,000 $208,000 $260,000 $312,000
Before 26/11/2018 $50,523 $151,569 $202,092 $252,615 $303,138

 

 

What other requirements must the parent meet?

 

In addition to the family relationship and sponsor’s income requirements, applicants must also meet

  • Health
  • Character
  • English (IELTS 4/PTE 29 level or purchase ESOL tuition)

 

What are the sponsors obligations?

Sponsors must meet the eligibility criteria, including being a New Zealand citizen or resident. 

The sponsor must be ordinarily resident in New Zealand and must sponsor the parent/parent-in-law for 10 years.

 

Reference/Source: Immigration New Zealand 

 

For more information, contact us to arrange a consultation or to apply through us.