Parent Resident Visa Overview: Key Information and Steps

Parent Resident Visa Overview: Key Information and Steps

Introduction to the Parent Resident Visa

The Parent Resident Visa allows New Zealand residents and citizens to sponsor their parents for residence in New Zealand. This visa supports skilled migration by enabling families to reunite while contributing to the country’s workforce and community.

Parent Resident Visa Process Overview

1. Expression of Interest (EOI)

The Expression of Interest (EOI) is the first document submitted in the application process. Prospective applicants must ensure their EOI meets all specified requirements. Only selected EOIs will proceed to the next stage. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) periodically selects EOIs based on set criteria.

2. Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If your EOI is selected, and it meets the necessary requirements, INZ will issue an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This step is crucial, as only those with an ITA can proceed with a residence application. The application must be submitted within four months of receiving the ITA.

Annual Visa Quotas

INZ can approve up to 2,000 visas per year for EOIs submitted before 10 October 2022. These EOIs are processed in a queue, with selections made in date order, starting with the oldest. For EOIs submitted on or after 10 October 2022, a maximum of 500 visas are granted annually. These EOIs enter a ballot system and are randomly selected. It’s important to note that EOIs in the ballot expire two years after submission.

Transition and Future Selections

Once all EOIs submitted before 10 October 2022, have been processed, the full annual quota of 2,500 visas will be allocated to those in the ballot. This system ensures a fair and transparent selection process, offering hope to many families looking to reunite in New Zealand.

Detailed Steps for Applicants

Step 1: Preparing Your EOI

Ensure that all required documents are ready and meet the criteria outlined by INZ. Accuracy and completeness are vital to avoid delays or rejections.

Step 2: Submission of EOI

Submit your EOI through the INZ online portal. Double-check all information before submission.

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Step 3: Await Selection

EOIs are either queued (pre-October 2022) or entered into a ballot (post-October 2022). Stay updated on selection dates and processes through the INZ website.

Step 4: Receiving an ITA

If selected, an ITA will be issued. Carefully review the ITA and gather all necessary documents for your residence application.

Step 5: Submitting Your Application

Submit your residence application within the four-month window. Ensure all information is accurate and complete to facilitate a smooth review process.

Step 6: Application Review and Approval

INZ reviews your application. If approved, your parent(s) will be granted residence, allowing them to join you in New Zealand.


The Parent Resident Visa provides a structured and transparent pathway for parents to join their children in New Zealand. The process, although complex, is well-defined, ensuring that each application is treated fairly. Understanding the selection mechanisms, quotas, and application procedures is essential for success. We recommend prospective applicants and sponsors stay updated with the latest information from Immigration New Zealand to enhance their chances of approval. By staying informed and prepared, families can successfully navigate the process and reunite in New Zealand, contributing to the country’s diverse and dynamic society.

How Immigration Chambers Can Help You in the Application Process?

At Immigration Chambers, our experienced team of immigration lawyers in Auckland specializes in navigating the complexities of the Parent Resident Visa application process. We provide personalized guidance from the initial submission of your Expression of Interest (EOI) to the final residence application. Our expertise ensures that your application meets all criteria, increasing the likelihood of selection and approval. We handle all paperwork, communicate with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) on your behalf, and offer strategic advice tailored to your unique situation.

Contact our Licensed Immigration Advisers in Auckland at advice@iclegal.co.nz or call on +64 9 802 1151  for more details and start your journey toward reuniting with your family in New Zealand.