Parent Category

  • Since 16th May 2012, Immigration New Zealand has made a significant change in Parent Category.
  • The annual amount of this category change from 5500 to 4000. Beside, applying method have changed from direct apply to invitation to apply.

Applicants under the Parent Category must either:
1.meet one of the requirements for tier one:
a. have a sponsor (and, if applicable, that sponsor’s partner) who meets a minimum annual income level for tier one ; or
b. have a sufficient guaranteed lifetime minimum income
2. meet the requirements for tier two:
a. they have a sponsor (and, if applicable, that sponsor’s partner) who meets a minimum income for tier two; and
b. the applicants’ other adult children (if any) live lawfully and permanently outside the country in which the applicant lives lawfully and permanently (see F4.35.5).

Tier one of the Parent Category

1. Sponsor’s income:
a. a sponsor or their partner must earn a minimum of $65,000 per annum before income tax; or
b. a sponsor and their partner together must earn a minimum of $90,000 per annum before income tax.

2. Guaranteed lifetime minimum income
a. If there is one applicant included in the application, the applicant must have a guaranteed lifetime minimum income of at least NZ$27,682 per annum.
b. If a partner is also included in the application, the applicants jointly must have a guaranteed lifetime minimum income of at least NZ$40,688 per annum.

Tier two of the Parent Category

1. Minimum income of sponsors
In order for an applicant to qualify for residence under tier two of the Parent Category, their sponsor or their sponsor’s partner must have a minimum income of at least $33,675 per annum before income tax.

2. Location of applicants’ other children
In order to qualify for residence under tier two of the Parent Category, all of the applicants’ adult children must live lawfully and permanently outside the country in which the applicant or applicants live lawfully and permanently

Dependent Children Category

Applicants:
1. Aged 17 or younger;or
2. Aged 18 to 20, with no child(ren) of their own; or
3. Aged 21 – 24, totally or substantially reliant on an adult (whether their parent or not) for financial support, whether they live with them or not
4. Single;
5. Their parent(s) is lawfully and permanently in New Zealand;