These are the categories under which we provide assistance to reside in New Zealand.
Parents People who have children settled in New Zealand and have had a residence for at least 3 years and can sponsor them may qualify to gain residence. This is a capped category and applications usually exceed the annual cap. Application usually takes up to 2 years to process.
Partners If you are the husband, wife, de facto, or civil union partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, and you can show you live in a genuine, stable relationship and have resided together for 12 months or more, you may gain residence. If your relationship is stable and genuine but you do not yet qualify to apply for residence, you may qualify for a work visa for you to remain together until you meet the requirements. Processing time can take a few months to a year depending on the verifications which need to be made and branch handling your application.
Dependent Child Child of a New Zealand resident. You and your parent(s) may wish to be reunited in New Zealand. Your parent(s) may have already settled here, and now, you'd like to come to New Zealand to live with them. You will need to be dependent and not married or have a partner. If you are a child and wish to move to New Zealand to live with your parent(s), you will need to apply for residence in New Zealand. Your parent must be a New Zealand citizen or resident and be living in New Zealand. If your parent(s) are not residents or citizens but are living here on a work visa or student visa, you may still qualify for a visa to join them.