Information about Parent Resident Visa

If you have an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child who earns enough and agrees to sponsor you, you may be able to live in New Zealand permanently. You need to send us an expression of interest explaining how you meet the requirements and be sponsored by your child, or your child and their partner, and we may invite you to apply for residence.

Overview

Indefinitely

1000 each year


All conditions

You can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner in your residence application.

Things to note

  • We begin selecting new EOIs in May 2020. 
  • If you submitted an EOI under the previous parent visa, you can withdraw or update it.
    Parent Resident Visa — previous EOIs
  • Grandparents and legal guardians may be able to apply for residence under this category.
  • If you have any dependent children, you are not eligible for this visa.

The application process

Stage 1

1 You send us your expression of interest

You must complete and send us a ‘Parent Category Expression of Interest Form’ together with your application fee.

 

2 We invite you to apply for residence

If we select your EOI, we may invite you to apply for residence.

Stage 2

3 You send us your residence application

You must complete and send us a ‘Parent Category Expression of Interest form’ together with your application fee.

 

4 We make a decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, we will be in touch.

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