Partner Visa | Sibling and Adult Child Visa | Parents Visa
In order to cover the needs of the vast majority of our readers as quickly and efficiently as possible, we’re not going to consider family based immigration in any detail here – there are too many ifs and buts in the legislation to give you a quick, informal, one page summary.
There is a cap on the number of some family visas being issued. The Capped Family stream (which consists of Parent, and Sibling and Adult Child residence categories) is currently allocated between 14,850 and 16,500 places from July 2011 to June 2014.
Some of the family visas are listed below:
This visa is for partners of New Zealand citizens or residents who want to live in New Zealand. Further details are here.
Dependent child of a New Zealand resident visa
This visa is for children of New Zealand citizens or residents who want to join their parents in New Zealand. Further details are here.
Parents of New Zealand resident’s visa
This visa is for parents of New Zealand citizens or residents who want to join their children in New Zealand. This visa operates on an expression of interest (EOI) basis. EOI’s go into a pool and there is a pool draw every three months. There is an annual allocation of approximately 4,000 places for this visa.
Priority will be given to applicants (Tier One) who:
Have a guaranteed lifetime minimum income of NZ$27,203 per annum for a single person or NZ$39,890 per annum for a couple, or
Bring at least NZ$500,000 in settlement funds to New Zealand, or
Have a sponsoring adult child who has an annual income of at least NZ$65,000, or NZ$90,000 when combined with their partner’s income.
Tier One applicants are not be subject to a “centre of gravity” test whereby the number of adult children in New Zealand need to be at least as many as the adult children in the home country.
The time taken to process this visa is estimated at 18 months.
Tier Two applicants must
Have a sponsoring adult child who has an income of at least NZ$33,675 per annum, and
Any other children the applicant has must live outside the country in which the applicant lives.
The time taken to process this visa is estimated at up to 7 years.
Sibling and Adult Child visa
Applications for the Sibling and Adult Child Category closed permanently at midnight on May 15 2012. Applications already received will continue to be processed.
Demand for this visa also currently outstrips supply and there is a delay of up to 2 years before you reach the top of the queue. Further details are here.
If you have any immediate family in New Zealand at all, it’s worth checking with the New Zealand Immigration Service to see whether you qualify for residence. This also applies if your partner is a New Zealander or Permanent Resident.