New Zealand offers various pathways for individuals seeking residency, and one such option is the Parent Category Residence Visa (also referred to as the PRV category). Designed to reunite families, this visa allows parents to live in New Zealand permanently if they have a child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident willing and eligible to sponsor them. 

This visa offers a wonderful opportunity for families to join together and enjoy life in this beautiful country. However, navigating the process can be complex, and seeking professional help is often crucial for a successful outcome. One mistake can prolong the process or even cause your application to be rejected. 

Do you wish to bring your parents to New Zealand? Or, are you a parent who wants to join their child here? Continue reading to learn more about this visa, its requirements and what you should do when applying for one.

Understanding The Parent Category Residence Visa

The Parent Category Residence Visa enables parents to live in New Zealand and is one of the visas designed to help families join together in Aotearoa. The visa allows for indefinite residence in New Zealand, providing parents with the opportunity to establish their lives in the country and enjoy the benefits of residency. Each year, a quota of approximately 2500 visas are allocated for this category, making it a sought-after option for families looking to reunite. However, meeting the eligibility criteria and successfully navigating the application process can be challenging without proper guidance.

To qualify for this Parent Category Residence Visa, applicants must meet particular criteria to be eligible. Here are a few of the requirements you should know about:

 You Must Have a Proper Sponsorship. A child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident must sponsor the parent applying for the visa. The NZ sponsor must meet certain financial (replace with income?) requirements and agrees to support the parent during their stay in New Zealand.

 You Must Pay The Application Cost. The application fee for the Parent Category Residence Visa starts from NZD $3180, and additional costs may apply depending on individual circumstances. Of course, you must be able to pay the application fee to submit an application. 

 You Must Have No Dependent Children. You are not eligible for this visa if you have any dependent children.

 You Must Complete An Expression Of Interest. For this visa, you need to complete (and submit?) an Expression of Interest form to provide information about your identity, character, health, English speaking ability, your family and so on. 

Aside from these specific requirements, there are also other criteria that are typically shared among all other visa types. For example, you must be in good health, you must be of good character, and you must be able to prove your identity. For a full list of requirements and more helpful information about this visa, you can visit this page.

The Application Process

The application process for the Parent Category Residence Visa involves several stages and can be lengthy, depending on your circumstances. Here is a quick overview of the standard steps involved:

Submitting An Expression of Interest. The first step is to submit an Expression of Interest indicating the intention to apply for the visa. EOIs are selected through a ballot system, after which individuals are invited to apply for residence.

Submitting A Visa Application. After receiving an official invitation to apply, applicants must submit a formal residence application, including all required documentation and supporting evidence. They must meet all above-listed criteria, including having the money to pay for the application fee. 

Processing Time. The processing time for Parent Category Residence Visa applications can vary, with some applicants experiencing delays due to the high demand for this visa. Naturally, it’s essential to be patient. If you’d like to be in New Zealand at a certain time in the future, it’s important to start the application process early.

The Importance of Professional Assistance In Your Visa Journey

Given the complexity of the application process and the importance of meeting all requirements accurately, seeking professional assistance is highly recommended. Immigration consultants or advisers with expertise in New Zealand immigration laws can provide invaluable support and guidance throughout the process. Here at Auckland South Immigration Consultants, we provide you with excellent support and assistance with the visa you are pursuing. We strive to provide you with the professional support and peace of mind that you need to navigate this often-complex journey. 

If you’re interested in exploring the Parent Category Residence Visa or seeking assistance with your visa application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0800168472 to speak with us. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your situation and discuss what you’re hoping for. 

This visa is an excellent opportunity for parents to reunite with their children in this lovely country, and we are proud to help our clients improve their chances of being granted a life-changing visa. 

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