FAMILY MIGRATION


Family Migration

The New Zealand Government sets the number of places available under the Family Quota Category each year. The Family Quota category is run by ballot and aims to reunify families by granting residence to a quota of family members of New Zealand citizens and residents who are not eligible for residence under any other visa category. You may only apply for a visa under this category if your New Zealand sponsor's registration was drawn from the ballot.


Some of the Family Migration Programs are:-

  • New Zealand Partner Migration.
  • New Zealand Dependent child migration
  • Student partner work visa
  • Parent Retirement category
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Family Migration basic criteria

  • You are sponsored by your adult child, adult grandchild, adult sibling or parent.
  • You are not eligible for residence in New Zealand under any other residence category except the Refugee Family Quota category
  • Your New Zealand sponsor's registration was selected from the ballot
  • You apply within 6 months of us writing to your sponsor advising their registration has been drawn from the ballot
  • You are healthy and of good character.

Your sponsor must

  • Be 17 years of age or over
  • Be in New Zealand
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a current Residence Permit that is not subject to requirements under section 18A of the Immigration Act 1987
  • Have been a New Zealand citizen and/or the holder of a Residence Permit or a Returning Resident's Visa for at least 3 years immediately before the date they lodge their registration under the Family Quota category
  • Have spent a total of 184 days or more in New Zealand in each of those 3 years.
  • The requirements for this visa also states your family sponsor must make a legal declaration they will provide you with financial support and accommodation (if necessary) for at least the first 2 years of your residence in New Zealand.

Partner of a Student Work Visa

New Zealanders believe life is for living. It's about balancing a good day's work with time for family and friends. Explore the new life that you and your family could enjoy in New Zealand. This visa is for you your partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident and you want to live with them in New Zealand. If you're granted New Zealand residence, you can live, work and study here indefinitely."


Criteria you must meet

  • You must have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship with your partner for 12 months or more.
  • If your partner's New Zealand residence status is based on their Australian residence status, your partner must live in New Zealand.
  • Your partner must support your application.

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New Zealand Partner Migration

This visa is for you if you want to come to New Zealand to work while your partner is here on a work visa. Your partner's work visa must be for more than 6 months for you to be eligible.

  • Your partner must have a work visa that's for more than 6 months
  • You must be living in a genuine and stable relationship with your partner.
  • Your partner must support your application.
  • You must have enough money to live on while you're in New Zealand or a sponsor.

Rights of Partner of a Worker Work Visa

  • You can work in any employment you like, as long as
  • You are legally authorize to work anywhere
  • You are allow to invest / open SME
  • You are also allow to work under regulatory occupation if have any occupational registration that's needed to do that work in New Zealand.
  • After you arrive, you can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

New Zealand Dependent Child Migration

This visa is for you if you're a New Zealand citizen or resident living in New Zealand and you want to bring your dependent children (Up to 24 years) to New Zealand to live with you. If your children are granted residence, they can live, study and work in New Zealand indefinitely.


Criteria you must meet

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or resident and live in New Zealand.
  • You must be the parent or legal guardian of the children you want to bring to New Zealand
  • Your children must be single, 24 or under, and rely on an adult for financial support.
  • If your resident visa is subject to section 49 conditions, your child's visa will be subject to those same conditions.

Parent Retirement Category

This visa is for you if you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, and you want to live in New Zealand permanently. You'll need an annual income of NZ $60,000 plus $1 million to invest for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on.


Criteria you must meet

  • You must have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, and no dependent children.
  • You must have NZ $1 million or more to invest in New Zealand for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 or more on top of your investment funds.
  • You must have an annual income of NZ $60,000 or more.
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