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IMMIGRATION NEW ZEALAND NEWS UPDATE

Immigration New Zealand has changed the policy with regard to residence application under Family Parent and Family Sibling and Adult Child category.

 The two categories were closed on 16 May 2012. The new Parent category will reopen in July 2012.

 The change does not affect the Parent Retirement category.

New Parent Category

 The new Parent category is a two tiered system with separate requirements and priorities applying to each. To gain residence, a person needs to meet the requirements for either tier one or tier two such as family relationship, sponsorship, health and character requirements, etc.

The Capped Family stream is currently allocated 14,850 to 16,500 places between July 2011 and June 2014. The stream includes the Family category. Demand for Parent Category residence places currently exceeds the number of places available. With the exception of the Parent Retirement Category, there is a current waiting time of over 24 months for a place to become available.

Sibling and Adult Child Category

On 16 May 2012, the Sibling and Adult Child Category of residence closed. Immigration New Zealand no longer receives applications for residence under this category.

You are now unable to apply for residence under the Sibling and Adult Child category but you may consider to apply for New Zealand residence under another category.

Please feel free to contact Peter Wong, our immigrant lawyer on (649) 837 5736 for information..