You want to join your partner or children

If you have Family in New Zealand – a partner, parent or child – you might qualify for a visa under New Zealand's family stream policy.

Our Licensed Immigration Advisers have processed Family applications since 1995 with a success rate of close to 100 %.

Feedback from a happy client:

"Dear Carsten! Thanks so very, very much... it is a huge burden lifted and will allow us to proceed with our future together. We have waited 50 years to have a life together, so we will have to make the most of the next 30 or so. Thanks to you and your team we can now make this dream come true:)   We will indeed celebrate!!!!!!!! For all the rest of the days of our lives . . . we will not take any time together for granted." Arohanui P. H.  


Key Benefits for Family Migrants

  • Direct path to Permanent Residence in New Zealand
  • No job offer required
  • No minimum points score required
  • No investment required for the partner, dependent children and parents. 


Partnership based visas

If your partner is a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or holder of a work or student visa you might be eligible for a work visa. 

To apply for a partnership based visa you must

  • meet the lodgement requirements
  • be a bona fide applicant
  • meet health and character requirements
  • be living together in a genuine and stable relationship with a New Zealand partner. 

Your partner must

  • meet the minimum requirements for recognition of partnerships and
  • meet specific character requirements for partners
  • be an eligible partner under residence family category policy
  • intend to be in New Zealand for the same period of time as you.


Visas for Dependent Children

The dependent child policy allows children to join their parents in New Zealand.

Applicants may qualify if they are up to 24 years old with no children of their own, single and totally reliant on their parents for financial support.
Inter-country adoption - If a New Zealand resident or citizen legally adopts a child overseas, they may apply on his or her behalf.


Parent Resident Visa

There is a visa option for parents of New Zealand residents or citizens to help them join their family in New Zealand: the Parent Resident Visa.

If your child is a student in New Zealand, you might qualify for a Guardian of a Student Visitor Visa. A subsequent application for a Variation of Conditions might even allow you to work while your child is studying in New Zealand. 



Compare the criteria of the new Parent Policies:


Expected Income Thresholds

One sponsor for one parent

NZD $106,080

Two times the median salary

One sponsor for two parents

NZD $159,120

Three times the median salary

Sponsor and partner  for one parent

NZD $159,120

Three times the median salary

Sponsor and partner for two parents

NZD $212,160

Four times the median salary

Guaranteed lifetime income of 1 applicant or for a couple

Not necessary in the new parent category

Settlement funds

Not necessary in the new parent category


  1. Sponsors will be required to provide evidence of their annual income through Inland Revenue tax statements, and that they’ve met it for two out of the three years before the application is lodged, and
  2. The sponsorship period will be formally aligned with the New Zealand Superannuation residency eligibility requirement.

Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers

If you want to find out what it takes to migrate to New Zealand ask our Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr.Carsten Hallwass for a Free Assessment.

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