New Zealand Immigration Parent Category
New Zealand Residence Programme questions and answers for the Parent Category.
What is changing?
The Parent Category is being temporarily closed to new applications. Immigration New Zealand will not make selections from the Parent Category Pool until further notice.
The Government previously set the total number of places for the Capped Family categories (the Parent Category, and the now-closed Sibling and Adult Child Categories) across the 2014/15 and 2015/16 years at 11, 000 visa approvals. This number is being reduced to a total of 4, 000 visa approvals across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 years.
Why has the Parent Category been temporarily closed?
INZ makes selections and invites applications in sufficient numbers to fill the cap set by the Government. As the cap has been reduced, there are already sufficient numbers of people who have applied or been invited to apply. With a cap of 2, 000 visas that can be granted per year, it will take until after the end of the 2017/18 financial year to clear all the applications already in the system.
Why has the number of places under Parent Category been reduced?
New Zealand is currently a popular destination and there has been a recent increase in the number of people who want to apply for residence in New Zealand across all categories. This means that policy changes are needed to ensure that the number the Government has set for residence approvals is not exceeded.
Within the Family Stream, there has been a significant increase in the number of people applying for residence as the partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents. These applications are not capped, and therefore the only way to manage numbers within the family stream is to lower the cap on parents.
What are the plans for the Parent Category in the future?
A review of Parent policy will be undertaken, with the aim of ensuring that potential applications can be managed under the new lower cap without creating even longer queues.
If there are only 2, 000 places available per year, what will happen to applications still being processed when this number is met?
When INZ has approved 2, 000 Parent Category visas, applications under consideration will be put in a queue until more places are available at the start of the 2017/18 financial year.