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The Parent Resident Visa offers a pathway for parents to join their children in New Zealand, fostering family reunification. This visa allows parents of New Zealand citizens or residents to live, work, and study in New Zealand under a two-stage application process.

Two-Stage Application Process

  • Expression of Interest (EOI): Initially, applicants submit an EOI outlining their desire and eligibility to apply for the Parent Resident Visa. This is the first step in the application process.
  • Invitation to Apply (ITA): If the EOI is selected and meets Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requirements, the applicant will receive an ITA. Recipients of an ITA have four months to submit a formal residence application.

Application Caps and Selection Process

  • Pre-10 October 2022 EOIs: INZ will approve up to 2000 visas annually for EOIs submitted before the restart of selections announced on 10 October 2022. These EOIs are queued and selected based on the submission date, with the oldest being chosen first.
  • Post-10 October 2022 EOIs: For EOIs submitted on or after 10 October 2022, INZ has a cap of 500 visas per year. These EOIs are entered into a ballot and selected randomly. EOIs in this ballot expire two years after submission.

Eligibility Criteria for Parent Category Resident Visa


Sponsorship by a New Zealand Citizen or Resident:

The child responsible for sponsoring the parent needs to be a New Zealand citizen or resident, having resided in New Zealand for a specified duration.

Income Requirements:

The sponsor must demonstrate the ability to financially support the parent(s) by meeting or exceeding the specified income threshold for several years.

Health and Character:

Applicants must have good health and character, as determined by medical examinations and police checks.

Age Limit:

While there is no age limit for the Parent Resident Visa, older applicants must demonstrate they have additional financial means to support themselves.

If you’re considering applying for a Parent Category Resident Visa (New Zealand), get in touch with one of our friendly consultants via email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality!

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The process at ICL Immigration for Parent Resident Visa

Initial Consultation
  • Understanding Your Situation: Discuss your interest in the Parent Resident Visa, including your relationship with your child in New Zealand and any previous immigration history.
  • Eligibility Assessment: Evaluate whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the Parent Resident Visa, including financial requirements and health and character checks.
Service Agreement
  • Formalizing the Engagemen: Review and sign a detailed service agreement that outlines the services ICL will provide, the fees involved, and the responsibilities of both parties.
  • Setting Expectations: Ensure you understand the application process, the timeline, and what is expected from you to make the process smooth.
Prepare for Application
  • Document Collection: Assist in gathering all necessary documents, such as proof of relationship, financial statements from the sponsor, and any other required evidence.
  • Application Form Assistance: This is a guide on accurately filling out the application form, ensuring all details are comprehensive and correct.
Submitting the Application
  • Submission of Application: Forward your fully completed application and all necessary supporting documents to Immigration New Zealand on your behalf.
  • Confirmation of Submission: Offer confirmation of submission and provide you with a copy for your records.
Get an Assigned Case Officer
  • Case Officer Liaison: Act as your representative with Immigration New Zealand, communicating with the assigned case officer on your behalf.
  • Responding to Inquiries: Coordinate with you to swiftly provide any additional information or clarification requested by the case officer.
Awaiting Decision
  • Application Monitoring: Regularly monitor your application's progress and ensure you are updated on any changes or advancements.
  • Patiently Navigating the Process: Provide support and guidance while waiting for the Decision from Immigration New Zealand.
Get Your Approved Visa
  • Visa Approval Notification: Once the visa is approved, Inform you immediately and discuss subsequent actions.
  • Post-Approval Support: Offer advice on preparing for your move, including what to expect upon arrival in New Zealand and how to access services as a resident.

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What services does ICL Immigration offer for the Parent Resident Visa application?

ICL Immigration offers comprehensive services, including eligibility assessment, document collection, application submission, and liaison with Immigration New Zealand.

How can ICL Immigration help if I'm not sure I'm eligible for the Parent Resident Visa?

ICL Immigration provides an initial consultation to assess your eligibility based on the criteria set by Immigration New Zealand, including financial requirements and your relationship with your child in New Zealand.

What documents will I need to provide for my Parent Resident Visa application?

You'll need to provide various documents, including proof of your relationship with your child in New Zealand, financial statements to meet the income threshold, health and character certificates, and any other documents requested by Immigration New Zealand.

How long does the Parent Resident Visa application process take with ICL Immigration?

The timeframe may differ based on the specifics of each case and Immigration New Zealand's processing times. ICL Immigration will provide an estimated timeline during the initial consultation.

What happens if my application is declined?

If your application is declined, ICL Immigration will review the reasons for the Decision and advise on possible next steps, including reapplying or appealing the Decision, if applicable.

What is the length of stay granted under the Parent Resident Visa?

The Parent Resident Visa allows for an indefinite stay in New Zealand, meaning you can live, work, and study there permanently.

Is there a quota for how many Parent Resident Visas are issued annually?

Yes, there is an annual quota. Each year, Immigration New Zealand can approve a maximum of 2,500 Parent Resident Visas. This quota helps manage the number of people moving to New Zealand under this category.

How much does the Parent Resident Visa application cost?

The cost for the Parent Resident Visa starts from NZD 3,180. This fee includes the Immigration New Zealand application fees. Still, it does not cover additional charges, including health screenings or police clearances, that might be necessary during the application procedure.

Can grandparents and legal guardians apply for residence under the Parent Resident Visa category?

Yes, grandparents and legal guardians may be eligible to apply for residence under the Parent Resident Visa category, provided they meet the specific criteria and requirements set by Immigration New Zealand.

Am I eligible for the Parent Resident Visa if I have dependent children?

No, you are not eligible for the Parent Resident Visa if you have any dependent children. This visa is designed for parents whose children are already citizens or residents of New Zealand and can sponsor them.

How can ICL Immigration assist with meeting the financial requirements for the Parent Resident Visa?

ICL Immigration can provide guidance on meeting the financial requirements for the Parent Resident Visa, including advice on documenting your financial resources or your child's income in New Zealand to meet the sponsorship criteria.

What happens if I submit my Expression of Interest (EOI) and it's not selected within the quota limit?

If your EOI is not selected within the annual quota limit, it remains in the pool for future selections. ICL Immigration can advise on maintaining your eligibility and updating your EOI if necessary.

How does ICL Immigration handle communication with Immigration New Zealand during the application process?

ICL Immigration is your authorized representative, ensuring all communication with Immigration New Zealand is handled professionally and efficiently. This includes submitting your application, responding to any inquiries, and informing you of your application status.

Can ICL Immigration help if my application needs an appeal?

Yes, should your application be declined and there are grounds for an appeal, ICL Immigration can advise on the appeals process and assist with preparing your appeal submission to Immigration New Zealand.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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