A minimum income threshold ensures a basic standard of living for temporary migrant families while they are in New Zealand. Temporary migrants are not eligible for government benefits, unlike residents who are eligible for standard benefits after two years.
The threshold has been calculated using the Unemployment Benefit, maximum Accommodation Supplement and family tax credit rate.
Currently there are no minimum income thresholds required to support dependent children in other temporary work categories. The following residence categories have minimum income thresholds for the principal applicant:
The Essential Skills threshold is slightly higher than that required by the Pacific Access Category and Samoan Quota residence categories, reflecting that residents are eligible for standard government benefits after two years, whereas temporary migrants are not. The thresholds used in the Sibling and Adult Child category vary by number of dependent children.
Yes, the minimum income requirement will not need to be met if the child is only visiting the parent(s). However, if the child was to stay for the duration of the Essential Skills work visa held by their parent(s) or to apply to study in New Zealand they would need to show that their parent(s) meets the minimum income threshold.