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The resent changes effectively mean that Parent Category is stopped until 2018 and rumors are the new rules are coming making it harder.

At this moment, the Parent Category is being temporarily closed to new applications. Immigration New Zealand will not make selections from the Parent Category Pool until further notice.

The Government previously set the total number of places for the Capped Family categories (the Parent Category, and the now-closed Sibling and Adult Child Categories) across the 2014/15 and 2015/16 years at 11,000 visa approvals. This number is being reduced to a total of 4,000 visa approvals across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 years.

INZ makes selections and invites applications in sufficient numbers to fill the cap set by the Government. As the cap has been reduced, there are already sufficient numbers of people who have applied or been invited to apply. With a cap of 2,000 visas that can be granted per year, it will take until after the end of the 2017/18 financial year to clear all the applications already in the system.

If there are only 2,000 places available per year, what will happen to applications still being processed when this number is met?

When INZ has approved 2,000 Parent Category visas, applications under consideration will be put in a queue until more places are available at the start of the 2017/18 financial year.

How many people have already been approved in 2016/17? Which applications are going to end up being queued?

At the end of September, about 1,600 people had already been approved in 2016/17, so there are only about 400 places left. We will prioritise the oldest applications. These are the ones that were made under the Parent Category and Sibling and Adult Child Category before the policies changed in 2012. These are likely to take up most of the remaining places for the 2016/17 year.

What if I’ve submitted an expression of interest but haven’t been invited to apply?

Your expression of interest will remain in the pool, but as there will be no further draws over the next two years it is unlikely that you will be invited to apply during this period.