Parent Category applications are part of what
is known as the 'Capped Family Stream' of the New Zealand Residence
The current Parent Category was introduced on 30 July 2012.
Potential applicants submit an Expression of Interest to
Immigration New Zealand and must be invited to apply
before a residence application can be submitted. This category is a
two-tiered system. Residence is granted under the requirements of
either Tier One or Tier Two.
Expression of Interest (Tier One)
Potential applicants submit an Expression of Interest form
(INZ1202) and pay the Immigration New Zealand fee of NZ$420.
At the Expression of Interest stage you do not
have to provide any documentation to support your claims. It is
only once your Expression of Interest has been selected from the
pool and you are invited to apply for residence that you will then
need to provide the documentation to support your claims with your
Once your Expression of Interest is received by Immigration New
Zealand it will be entered into the applicable pool in the order of
the date it was received. Draws from the pool of Expressions of
Interest happen every three months.
Once your Expression of Interest is drawn, it is given a
credibility check by Immigration New Zealand
before successful Expression of Interest applicants are sent an
Invitation to Apply for a resident visa.
The number of Expressions of Interest or applications selected
from the pool in each draw is dependent on places available in the
Capped Family stream of the New Zealand residence Program. Priority
is determined as follows:
- Tier One Expressions of Interest
- Applications still to be processed under the former immigration
instructions (i.e. the 'old' immigration instructions in existence
prior to the current instructions which came into force on 30 July
- Tier Two Expressions of Interest.
Selections of Expressions of Interest under the Parent Category
for 2014 are scheduled to take place in May, August and November.
The number of places available in each selection draw depends on
the number of places available under the New Zealand Residence
Program. Between July 2011 and June 2014 there were 14,850 to
16,500 places allocated for the Capped Family Stream (which
includes the Parent Category).
The Immigration New Zealand website indicates
that the queue of Tier One Expressions of Interest is currently
estimated to be six months.
Those Expressions of Interest not selected in one draw will
remain in the pool available for selection for further draws.
Below is a brief summary of the main requirements under
Tier One and Tier Two:
Tier One - you must meet ONE of the requirements below:
Tier Two - you must meet BOTH of the requirements below:
Have a sponsor (or sponsors partner) who earns NZ$65,000 per
annum or whose combined income is $NZ90,000 per annum; OR
Have a sponsor (or sponsor's partner) who earns a gross income
of at least NZ$33,675 per annum: AND
Have a guaranteed lifetime minimum income of at least NZ$27,319
per annum or NZ$40,084 per annum if your partner is included in
your application; OR
Have all your adult children living lawfully and permanently
outside the country in which you (and your partner) live lawfully
Bring in at least NZ$500,000 in settlement funds to New
No dependent children
Applicants under both categories must have no dependent
Health and Character
Applicants under both categories must meet health and character
NZ adult child sponsor
The sponsor must have been a NZ citizen or resident for at least
three years and be otherwise eligible under the immigration
Once your Expression of Interest is
Once your Expression of Interest is selected and you are invited
to apply for residence you must lodge an application within four
months of being invited to apply. If you do not, the invitation
It is important you get your application right. Seeking help at
the outset is an investment well worth making.