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Key Points

  • The government of New Zealand will reopen the Parent Resident Visa category on October 12, 2022, in addition to introducing lower sponsorship requirements


The government of New Zealand will restart the Parent Resident Visa and reduce the requirements for sponsorship under this visa type. These changes will include the following:

  • Lower-income requirements for sponsors. Sponsors will now be required to earn 1.5 times the New Zealand median wage rather than twice the amount
  • Allowing two adult children to accompany the primary applicant
  • Increasing the number of visas available to applicants from 1,000 to 2,500

These measures went into place on October 12, 2022. The government will begin selecting applicants who submit an expression of interest (EOI) for the visa type on November 14, 2022. For additional information on sponsorship requirements for this visa type, check here.

What are the Changes?

The New Zealand government reduced the Parent Residence Visa category requirements on October 12, 2022. These measures include reduced income requirements for sponsors, increased dependent options, and more visa availability.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Immigration New Zealand

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