MIGRATE TO NEW ZEALAND

FAMILY REUNION

GO BACK

What can IEF do for you?

  • Free preliminary evaluation
  • Professional consultation
  • Collate and assess documents
  • Prepare and submit Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Prepare and submit residence application
  • Provide guidance in each stage of migration/visa application procedure
  • Handle correspondence with government/assessment authorities on behalf of client
  • Keep clients updated of the visa application status
  • Provide training for interview by Immigration New Zealand
  • Migration Settlement Service

Introduction + Requirement

A family member who is already a New Zealand citizen or resident can sponsor you to come to New Zealand if you are their:

  • Partner – you are the husband, wife, defacto or civil union partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • Dependent child – you are a dependent child of a parent who is a New Zealand citizen or resident.
  • Parent – you have a child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Partner

  • You are the husband, wife, defacto or civil union partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • You and your New Zealand partner must be living together (and have been for a minimum of 12 months) in a genuine and stable relationship
  • meet our partnership requirements
  • be in good health
  • be of good character
  • have the support of your New Zealand partner who:
    • has not been included as a partner in or supported more than one previous application where a residence class visa was granted on the basis of partnership; and
    • has not been included as a partner in or supported an application where a residence class visa was granted on the basis of partnership in the five years immediately preceding the date the current application is made; and
    • is not the perpetrator of an incident of domestic violence which has resulted in a residence class visa being granted to a person under the victims of domestic violence category in the seven years prior to the date the application is made.

Dependent Child

  • You are a dependent child of a parent who is a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • You must:
    • be aged 17 years or younger; or
    • be aged 18 to 24 years, and have no children of your own.

    And

  • be born or adopted before your parents applied for residence, and have been declared on your parents’ application for residence; or
  • be born after your parents applied for residence; or
  • be adopted by your parents as a result of a New Zealand adoption or an overseas adoption recognised under New Zealand law.
    And
  • be single (i.e not in a partnership)
  • be in good health
  • be of good character
  • be totally or substantially dependent on an adult for financial support (whether or not that adult is your parent, and whether or not you are living with that adult) except if you are aged 21 to 24 . Applicants aged 20 or younger are eligible for residence as dependent children whether financially dependent or not.

Parent
The Parent Category is a two tier scheme where people can submit an EOI under either tier one or tier two of the category. Tier one has the first priority and has higher income and financial requirements than tier two. Tier two EOIs and applications are processed only after tier one.

Tier One Tier Two
Tier one of the Parent Category allows people who are parents of New Zealand residents or citizens, and who have access to sufficient funds, to apply for residence in New Zealand.

    Applicants under tier one must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Sponsor’s income
  • Guaranteed lifetime minimum income
  • Settlement funds.
Tier two of the Parent Category allows parents of New Zealand residents or citizens who have no adult children resident in the same country as them to apply for residence in New Zealand.

    Applicants under tier two must meet both of the following criteria:

  • minimum income of sponsor, and
  • location of applicant’s other children.
Sponsor’s income

To meet the minimum income requirements your sponsor or their partner must earn a minimum of NZ$65,000 per annum. Alternatively, your sponsor and their partner can earn a combined income of NZ$90,000 per annum.

Guaranteed lifetime minimum income
To meet the minimum income requirements, applicants must have a guaranteed lifetime minimum income of at least NZ$27,682 per annum.

If a partner is also included in the application, the applicants jointly must have a guaranteed lifetime minimum income of at least NZ$40,688 per annum.

Settlement funds

To meet the minimum income requirements applicants must bring at least NZ$500,000 to New Zealand, demonstrate ownership of those funds and assets, and demonstrate that the funds and assets have been earned or acquired legally and be are unencumbered.

Sponsor’s income

To meet the minimum income requirements your sponsor must have a gross income of at least NZ$33,675 per annum.

Location of applicant’s other children

In order to qualify for residence under tier two of the Parent Category, all of your adult children must live lawfully and permanently outside the country that you (and your partner) reside.


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