NZ Parent Visa To Reopen

PUBLISHED: 07-Oct-2019 

The government has just announced reopening of parent visa category from February 2020 with following changes:

  1. There will no longer be Tier 1 and Tier 2 Category
  2. The option of meeting financial eligibility criteria through parents' guaranteed lifetime income or settlement funds is removed;
  3. Sponsor will need to meet higher annual income requirement as under:
    1. Single Income - $106,080 if sponsoring one parent or $159,120 if sponsoring both parents
    2. Combined Income with Partner - $159,120 if sponsoring one parent or $212,160 if sponsoring both parents

Income requirement must be met in 2 of the 3 years from date of application and provide IRD statements as evidence of income.

When Will It Reopen & First EOI Selection

Parent visa category will re-open in February 2020. New EOIs can be submitted in February 2020 and first EOI selection will take place in May 2020.

Parent Visa Cap

Parent Category has been capped at 1,000 visas each year.

Existing EOIs In EOI Pool

Those who have EOIs in the pool will be contacted by INZ to either update their EOI (with new income) or withdraw it if new income criteria is not met. Those withdrawing will be eligible for refund of application fee.

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