What is a Parent Category Resident Visa?

The Parent Resident Visa helps parents reunite with their children in New Zealand. It lets parents of New Zealand citizens or residents live, work, and study there. The process involves two stages for application, mentioned further here in this page.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $3180

Length of Stay



2500 visas per year

Note:  Cost, Quota and stay length depend entirely on NZ Immigration and can change based on government decisions.

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Visa Application Process Overview

Applying for Parent Category Resident Visa can be overwhelming, but we have laid out a simple overview of the procedure for you.

Two-Step Process

– Step 1: Express Your Interest

Kickstart your visa journey by filling out an Expression of Interest (EOI). It tells officials you want the Parent Resident Visa.

– Step 2: Get the Invite

If your EOI fits what Immigration New Zealand (INZ) wants, they’ll send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA). That means you can move to the next part of the process.

Limits and Selection

– Before October 10, 2022:

INZ took up to 2000 EOIs every year, handling them in the order they arrived.

– After October 10, 2022:

Now, they only pick 500 EOIs yearly, but it’s random. And remember, EOIs in this group only last two years.

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Eligibility for the Visa

Check the eligibility criteria for the Parent Category Resident Visa to make sure your application would make a good fit.


The child sponsoring the parent must be a New Zealand citizen or resident who has lived in New Zealand for a certain time.

Financial Support

The sponsor needs to show they can financially support their parent(s) by meeting a set income level for several years.

Health and Character

Applicants must have good health and character, confirmed by medical exams and background checks.

Age Factor

While there’s no age cap for the visa, older applicants must prove they have enough money to support themselves.

Parent Category Resident Visa Process at ICL

Learn about our comprehensive and thorough visa assistance process, that helps you secure your visa with ease.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

– Understanding Your Situation: Talk about your interest in the Parent Resident Visa, your relationship with your child in New Zealand, and any past immigration history.
– Eligibility Assessment: Check if you meet the requirements for the Parent Resident Visa, like financial conditions and health checks.

Step 2: Service Agreement

– Formalizing the Engagement: Go over and sign a detailed service agreement that shows what services ICL will provide, the costs, and what’s expected from you.
– Setting Expectations: Make sure you know how the application process works, how long it might take, and what you need to do.

Step 3: Prepare for Application

– Document Collection: Help gather all the needed documents, such as proof of your relationship and financial records from your child.
– Application Form Assistance: Guide you through filling out the application form correctly with all the necessary details.

Step 4: Submitting the Application

– Sending Your Application: Send your completed application and all the required documents to Immigration New Zealand for you.
– Confirmation of Submission: Let you know your application has been sent and give you a copy for your records.

Step 5:  Get an Assigned Case Officer

– Case Officer Contact: Speak with Immigration New Zealand on your behalf and handle any questions or requests they have.
– Responding to Inquiries: Work with you to quickly give any extra info or answers the case officer needs.

Step 6:  Awaiting Decision

– Keeping an Eye on Your Application: Regularly check how your application is going and tell you about any updates.
– Being Patient: Support you while you wait for Immigration New Zealand to make a decision.

Step 7:  Get Your Approved Visa

– Visa Approval News: Once your visa is approved, we will tell you right away and talk about what happens next.
– Post-Approval Help: Give advice on getting ready for your move, what to expect when you arrive in New Zealand, and how to get 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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