If you reside in New Zealand and earn a high income, your parents may qualify for residence under the Parent Category.

The Parent Category Resident Visa offers parents of residents the opportunity to immigrate to New Zealand if their adult child or adult children in New Zealand earn at least 1.5 times the median income.

Eligibility For Parent Category Resident Visa

The first step is for your parents to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).

As their New Zealand sponsor, you must show that you have earned 1.5 times the median income if you are sponsoring one parent for residence or two times the median income if you are sponsoring two parents.

It’s also possible for you and your partner/New Zealand sibling to jointly sponsor your parents, though the joint income requirements are higher.

Once submitted, your parents’ EOI will go into a ballot. There will be random ballot selections of each year for 500 people.

If your parents’ EOI is selected at random, they can then be invited to apply for residence.

EOIs which are not selected will drop out of the pool after two years.

Applying For The Parent Category Resident Visa

Visa Matters can assess your parents’ eligibility under this category and represent them in their EOI for a Parent Category Resident Visa.

Visa Matters can also represent your parents if they are invited to apply by Immigration New Zealand for residence under the Parent Category.

Applicants under the Parent Category must meet INZ’s English language, health and character requirements. You (their sponsor) must provide evidence of your ability to meet the income criteria if your family members are invited to apply for residence.

NZ Parent Visa Support

At Visa Matters, our licensed immigration advisers can support you in building a strong Parent Category Resident Visa EOI and possible subsequent visa application. We understand the common mistakes applicants make and the level of evidence required to have a Parent Category Resident Visa approved.

We will act on behalf of your parents, taking the stress out of what can be a challenging process.

Speak to a member of the Visa Matters team today about pursuing a Parent Category Resident Visa EOI and possible subsequent application.