FAMILY CATEGORY VISA
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You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand
You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire. To travel after that, you’ll need to apply for and be granted either:
If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.
You can work in any occupation for any employer in New Zealand
Keep your visa in a valid passport
If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.
If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.
To transfer your visa, you must:
For ten years after your resident visa is granted, your sponsor must meet the following sponsorship obligations
If Work and Income make welfare payments to you during this time, we may consider that your sponsor is not meeting their obligations to care for you.If your sponsor does not meet these obligations, we may determine that you have breached your visa conditions and you will be made liable for deportation as a result.
Your sponsor may have to repay any money spent by the New Zealand Government or a third-party as a result of them not meeting their obligations.
A limited number of people can get a Parent Resident Visa. Currently no expressions of interest for this visa are being selected.
To move to New Zealand to join your adult New Zealand citizen or resident child you must:
Send us an expression of interest (EOI) explaining how you meet the requirements, and be sponsored by your child.
To manage the number of people who can apply for this visa, we usually only select a certain number of expressions of interest.
In October 2016, the government decided that no further EOIs for Parent Resident Visas would be selected until further notice. A decision about restarting selections has not yet been made. When a decision is made, we will contact people who have submitted an EOI and publish information on this website.