Do you want your parents and grandparents to experience the clean, safe and family-oriented environment of New Zealand? Immigration New Zealand (INZ) provides options for both short visits and moving to the country permanently.

You can choose from:

Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa

You can apply for a visitor visa under the Parent and Grandparent visa category to bring your loved ones to New Zealand for 6 months at a time. Does a Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa allow them multiple visits to New Zealand? Yes, it does. However, the maximum permitted stay is 18 months in a 3-year span.

A Parent and Grandparent Visior Visa allows your older folks to:

  • Make multiple trips to New Zealand
  • Visit their offspring in New Zealand
  • Add their partner to their visitor visa application
  • Mingle with New Zealanders while enjoying the country

This visa does not allow visitors to work in New Zealand. Also, note that New Zealand Parent and Grandparent visas can only be applied from outside the country.

What are the qualification criteria for Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa?

A grandchild, child or one of their parents residing in New Zealand must sponsor the visa. There are some requirements placed on the sponsors as well – such as their finances, length of stay, immigration record and criminal background.

You must also establish sincere intentions of meeting the terms of Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa, submit proof of relationship with the sponsor, declare that all medical expenses will be borne by the sponsor and the visitor(s), and all INZ's character/health requirements will be satisfied.

This is just a glimpse of the conditions that need to be met for obtaining a Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa; the actual list is longer. You must seek assistance from a qualified New Zealand immigration expert to avoid rejection of your visa. Professional Visa Solutions has a lot of experience in helping its clients with successful Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa applications. Book a consultation to begin your foolproof visa application.

Parent Resident Visa

Would you rather have your parents, grandparents or legal guardians move to New Zealand permanently? They can do so by making an EOI (Expression of Interest) with the INZ detailing how they can meet the visa requirements.

INZ requires that visas filed under the Parent Resident Visa category be sponsored by the child. Also, if the applicant has any dependent children, he/she will not qualify for a Parent Resident Visa.

If INZ finds you eligible for a visa under the Parent Resident Visa category, you will be invited to make a formal Parent Resident Visa application. Note that INZ only picks a few EOIs for Parent Resident Visas, so not all qualifying individuals will get an invitation to move forward with their visa application.

You can include your partner on your Parent Resident Visa application. This visa will allow you to live in New Zealand forever – you can also work and study without any constraints.

There is a lot of confusion regarding the Parent Resident Visas owing to the continuous changes being made by the INZ for this category. Some of the areas in flux are the number of EOIs accepted each year and the financial aspects of the application, both for the sponsors and applicants.

Do not fall victim to misinformation as this is an area under continuous development. Our licensed immigration consultants work from within New Zealand, out of our Auckland office, and keep a close eye on the ever changing rules for Parent Resident Visas. Book a consultation to seek expert visa advice.

Parent Retirement Resident Visa

Among all the options to obtain Visas for Parents and Grandparents, Parent Retirement Resident Visa is the best option – that is, if you can satisfy INZ's requirements for this visa.

How do you qualify for Parent Retirement Resident Visa?

Here are some high-level requirements to be met to qualify for a New Zealand visa under this category:

  • Your adult child must be a resident or citizen of New Zealand
  • You must be making at least NZ$ 60,000 per annum
  • You need to keep NZ$ 1 million invested for 4 years in the country – you must transfer the funds to New Zealand within 12 months of visa approval
  • You must show NZ$ 50,000 to cover your living expenses

You can apply for permanent residency once you have stayed invested for 4 years in New Zealand.

You can travel in and out of the country any number of times within the first 2 years, a variation of conditions is needed after the first 2 years to continue travel – you must provide proof of investment to qualify for this. We offer “variation of conditions” services for your visa at a reasonable cost of NZ$ 800 – 1,100. Book a consultation to discuss your case.

What does it cost and how long does it take to obtain a New Zealand Parents or Grandparents Visa?

INZ typically processes Visas for Parents and Grandparents in 4-18 months. However, processing times vary with the category the visa is filed under, any Character Issues or Medical Issues that may need special handling, complicating factors like any past deportation and the documentation needed to establish relationship with the visa sponsor. Additional documentation requirements for sponsors may also take time depending on their immigration, criminal and financial circumstances.

We help you avoid delays in getting your Visas for Parents and Grandparents by carefully studying your case and creating a foolproof application.

Our team of licensed immigration experts is committed to helping its clients obtain their visas for parents and grandparents at the best price. Book a consultation to see how our immigration experts can help you with the fastest and most cost-effective path to getting your visa.