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Upcoming increases to minimum income thresholds Thursday, 31 May 2018

Annual adjustments to minimum income thresholds for certain visa categories will come into effect from 1 June 2018 and 1 July 2018

Income thresholds across a number of categories will increase to reflect changes to New Zealand benefit rates. This year’s changes are split as a result of both Work and Income adjustments and changes made through the Government’s Families Package. The changes include the following:

  • On 1 June 2018, the minimum income requirements for Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Category applicants who have partners or dependent children included will increase to $38,199.20.
  • On 1 July 2018, the minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders whose dependent children are in New Zealand on visitor or student visas will increase to $42,944.20 (note this threshold is different to the skill-band remuneration rates for Essential Skills work visas).
  • On 1 July 2018, the guaranteed lifetime minimum income requirements under tier one of the Parent Category will increase to $28,166 for a single applicant and $41,494 if a partner is included (note that both tiers one and two of the Parent Category are currently closed).

Full details about the new income thresholds can be found in the most recent Policy Amendment Circular.

Amendment Circular 2018-07 PDF 427KB

Policy Amendment Circulars