New immigration family policies are set to help the country attract and retain skilled migrants.
Immigration Minister Nathan Guy says this will ensure family members can settle well and are self-sufficient.
“We are making changes to give priority to migrants who can make a real contribution to New Zealand. Overall we expect these changes will eventually save the taxpayer around $40 million a year.
“There will be a new two-tier process for the parents of New Zealand citizens and residents who want to migrate here. Applications from parents who have higher income sponsors, or who bring a guaranteed income or funds, will be processed faster than other applications.”
Nathan says parents whose English is poor will need to pre-purchase tuition, and the period during which sponsors are required to meet certain obligations for their parents’ support will extend from five to 10 years.
“As a result of these policy changes, many skilled migrants who have residence here can sponsor their parents and will receive a quicker decision with less red tape.
“The Sibling and Adult Child category for new migrants will close on May 15, which will reduce the number of unskilled migrants who find it more difficult to get jobs and are more likely to end up on a benefit.
“Research has shown only 66 per cent of people who gain residence as siblings and adult children had a job after 18 months, despite a job offer being required for residence.”
The existing Parent category will close on May 15 and the new two tier category will be available from late July.
For further information on the changes is available at
Source: Nathan Guy Office.