New Zealand Parent Category Visa.
Parent Resident Visa
This visa is for you if you want to move to New Zealand to join your adult New Zealand citizen or resident child. If you’re granted residence, you’ll be able to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely.
You may be able to move to New Zealand to join your adult New Zealand citizen or resident child. You’ll need to send us an expression of interest explaining how you’ll meet the requirements for tier one or tier two of our two-tiered system and be sponsored by your child. If we invite you to apply for residence and your application is successful, you’ll be able to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely.
If you have any dependent children, you’re not eligible for this visa.
Expressions of interest (EOI) can stay in the selection pool for a long time.
It can take up to 12 months for tier one EOIs and up to 7 years for tier two EOIs to be selected.
R4.10 Sponsorship undertakings
- Sponsorship creates a responsibility for the sponsor to ensure the sponsored person has accommodation, maintenance while in New Zealand, and outward travel.
- The undertakings for which a sponsor is responsible, and in relation to which a debt is recoverable from the sponsor, are:
- accommodation, meaning suitable accommodation for the sponsored person in New Zealand, where the sponsored person does not have the means for their own accommodation; and
- maintenance, meaning the reasonable costs of essential provisions needed for the sponsored person’s health and welfare in New Zealand, where they do not have the means for these. This may include but is not limited to food, clothing and medical treatment where required; and
- repatriation, meaning any costs associated with the sponsored person leaving New Zealand at the end of the sponsorship period if the person:
- does not have the means for their own repatriation (or refuses to pay for it); or
- is liable for deportation.
- deportation, meaning any costs that are incurred during the sponsorship period in relation to the sponsored person’s deportation, which could include the costs of locating, detaining and maintaining the person, and their travel costs in being deported.
- A visa holder themselves may have the means to fund their own maintenance, accommodation, and outward travel. However, if they do not, or refuse to, the sponsor is required to either provide these themselves directly or pay for the cost of providing them.
F4.50 Conditions of a resident visa granted under the Parent Category
A resident visa granted under the Parent Category is subject to the condition, imposed under sections 49(1) and 55 of the Immigration Act 2009, that the sponsor of the visa holder meets their obligations as set out at R4.10 until ten years from the visa holder’s first day as a resident in New Zealand.
The multiple entry travel conditions on a resident visa granted under the Parent Category must be valid until ten years from the visa holder’s first day as a resident in New Zealand.
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