• retirement visa

At NZ Visa Connections we understand the challenges when family members settle in New Zealand, far from home.

The opportunities to connect with them in their day to day lives, support their growing families and experience New Zealand alongside them is something very valuable for older members of the family.

The main Parent Visa category has been on pause in New Zealand for over 24 months now, with a sharp increase seen in the salary threshold fo the supporting NZ based family.

Parent Retirement Residence Category

There is a pathway open now for parents to join their adult children and their grandchildren in NZ. If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to live in New Zealand permanently under the Parent Retirement Residence Category. You’ll need an annual income of NZ$60,000 plus NZ $1 million to invest for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on. Once you’ve completed the 4-year investment period, you’ll be eligible for permanent residence.

There are complex rules in this category relating to your family structure, your investment, and the chance to bring a partner. Let NZ Visa Connections assess this option in partnership with you and your New Zealand based family to maximise your chances of being able to come and go from New Zealand as and when you wish.

Please note this is not the same as the Parent Resident Visa, which is currently on pause.


Temporary Visitor Retirement Visa

You can also maximise the time you can spend in New Zealand with family members if you have less funds to invest. The Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa allows applicants over the age of 66 to remain longer in New Zealand than allowed on a standard Visitor Visa. If you have NZ $750,000 to invest in New Zealand for 2 years, another NZ $500,000 to live on, and an annual income of NZ $60,000, you can be granted a temporary visa of up to two years in length. This allows you to come and go from New Zealand as often as you like and spend long periods of time with your family here in Aotearoa.

This visa requires you to be in good health and of good character as well as providing suitable evidence that your funds have been acquired legally. At NZ Visa Connections we often see new grandparents apply under this category who wish to offer concentrated support when their children have a young family.


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