INZ restarts the selections of EOIs from today, 14 November, and selections are planned for every three months after that. INZ will select enough of these EOIs to approve 2,000 visas a year under the Parent Category. EOIs will be selected in date order, with the oldest EOIs selected first. EOIs submitted after 12 October go into a ballot and please note that 500 visas each year out of the 2,500 will be reserved for those EOIs.
The Parent Category allows any New Zealand resident and citizen who has lived in the country for at least 3 years to sponsor their parent’s application for residence if they meet the sponsorship criteria.
Selections for the Parent Resident Visa Category expressions of interest (EOIs) are restarting and the number of visas that can be granted each year has increased from 1,000 to 2,500. The income threshold required for sponsors has also been lowered. This means more people will be able to bring their parents to join them in New Zealand.
INZ is lowering the income requirements for sponsors and allowing 2 adult children, rather than just an adult child and their partner, to combine their income to sponsor parents.
A sponsor now needs to earn 1.5 times the New Zealand median wage rather than twice the median wage. This limit increases by half the median wage for each joint sponsor or additional parent.
These new requirements apply to existing expressions of interest and those received from 12 October 2022.
People with existing Expressions of Interest
INZ will contact people who made an EOI to advise of the changes and to provide an opportunity to update or withdraw their EOI and to request a refund. People who withdrew their EOI after the previous income thresholds were announced for this visa category will be invited to resubmit their EOI.
New Expressions of Interest
INZ is moving to an online process for submitting EOIs in May 2023. From 12 October, new EOIs will be entered into a ballot. The first ballot will be held in August 2023.
In total, 500 EOIs each year will be randomly selected from the ballot. EOIs stay in the ballot for 2 years, so people interested in the Parent Category may wish to submit their EOI closer to the first selection in August next year. EOIs that have not been selected from the ballot will expire after 2 years. The person will need to submit a new EOI and pay the fee to be entered into the ballot if they would like to be considered for future selection.
EOI selection has been paused since 2016 to allow for a review of the Parent Category settings. It was set to restart in 2020, however, it was further paused due to the pandemic.
Planning to apply for the Parent Resident Visa?