Anyone who wishes to sponsor their parent(s) under the Parent Category must meet requirements to satisfy Immigration New Zealand that they are an acceptable sponsor.
An acceptable sponsor must meet all of the following requirements. They must:
To sponsor your parent(s) you will need to supply:
When sponsoring someone under the Parent Category, a person undertakes to:
Under the Parent Category, the sponsorship undertakings will remain in place for 5 years from the date your parent(s) is/are granted residence.
If your parents apply for residence under Tier One, they will have the option of meeting the Tier One financial requirements by showing that their sponsor earns a sufficient minimum income. To meet the minimum income requirement, their sponsor and/or their partner* must earn a minimum of $65,000 per annum. Alternatively, together they may earn a combined income of $90,000 per annum.
To meet the minimum income requirements under Tier Two, sponsors or their partners must have a gross income of at least $33,675 per annum.
For both Tier One and Tier Two the minimum income requirement** can be met through any one or a combination of the following sources of personal income:
Evidence of meeting the minimum income requirement for sponsors may include the following documents:
*Your partner’s income can only be considered if they have been living with you for at least 12 months in a partnership that is genuine and stable and they meet the requirements for the recognition of a partnership and your partner has been a New Zealand residence class visa holder for at least three years or is a New Zealand citizen.
**The minimum income requirement must be met by personal income. Income earned by another legal entity, such as a business or a trust, cannot be included unless it has been paid directly to the sponsor and/or their partner.
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