What is a Parent Visa?

The New Zealand Parent Visa stream is a great option for anyone who currently has family who are permanent residents or citizens of New Zealand. The stream offers options for partners, parents and children who are looking to join their family to live, work or study in New Zealand either on a temporary or permanent basis.


In order to apply for an New Zealand Parent Visa


Meet the following criteria

  • Family

    Have a qualifying family member
  • Age

    Be over the age of 18
  • Support

    Be able to provide evidence that you can support your stay without reliance on social security or the healthcare system.

Family Category Visa (Parent Tier One)

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Who can apply

Parents wishing to join their children in New Zealand.

What it entitles you to

Permanent residence.

Terms & Conditions

Applicants must express their interest in applying for New Zealand residence, and dependent on the requirements that they claim to meet, may subsequently be invited to apply. They must not have any dependent children, and one of their adult children must have been permanently resident in NZ for at least three years and be willing to sponsor the applicants.

Further information:

Applicants are required to demonstrate either a guaranteed lifetime income, funds of their own, or a minimum income for their sponsoring child in New Zealand.

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Parent Retirement Category

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Who can apply

People of any age who meet the criteria for Family Parent Category (have a child who is a New Zealand resident or citizen, and have good health and character), and who also meet the additional criteria for Parent Retirement Category.

What it entitles you to

Permanent residence.

Terms & Conditions

Applicants must be able to invest a minimum of $1 million in New Zealand over four years and have an annual income of at least $60,000 at the time they apply, and settlement funds of at least $500,000. The applications of people applying for Parent Retirement Category will be prioritised, in recognition of the benefit to the economy they are expected to bring.

Further information:

The Parent Retirement Category allows Immigration New Zealand to prioritise high net worth individuals who are already seeking to migrate to New Zealand under the Family Category. See also information on Temporary Retirement Visas

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New Zealand is a country that can offer you a whole host of opportunities - and this is further encouraged by the fact that you are able to spend it with family and loved ones.



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