Parent Resident Visa expression of interest (EOI) selection process

Parent Category reopening

As announced in October 2022, the parent residence category is reopening. The new process includes updated requirements and a dual Expression Of Interest (EOI) selection.

Sponsor eligibility

Residence status

This category requires the applicant(s) to be sponsored by the New Zealand child(ren), who must be citizens or residents for at least 3 years. Sponsors can be:

  • an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child
  • a NZ adult child and their partner, or
  • a NZ adult child and another adult child of a parent included in the application

Income threshold

Sponsors must show a certain level of income. The threshold varies depending on the number of applicants and the number of sponsors. This income must be maintained for a minimum of 2 years in the 3-year period.

Expression Of Interest (EOI) pool reopening

Immigration New Zealand is selecting EOIs every three months from 2 sets:

  • EOIs received by INZ before 12 October 2022 (first selection 14 November 2022)
  • EOIs received by INZ from 12 October 2022 (first selection August 2023)

EOIs received before 12 October 2022

EOI submission dateExpected EOI selection date
24 December 2013 to 12 April 2016February 2023
13 April 2016 to 26 May 2016May 2023
27 May 2016 to 13 July 2016August 2023
14 July 2016 to 31 August 2016November 2023
1 September 2016 to 17 October 2016February 2024
18 October 2016 to 28 June 2018May 2024
29 June 2018 to 21 February 2020August 2024
22 February 2020 to 2 March 2020November 2024
3 March 2020 to 23 March 2020February 2025
23 March 2020 to 11 September 2020May 2025
12 September 2020 to 30 May 2022August 2025
31 May 2022 to 11 October 2022November 2025

Immigration New Zelaand plans on selecting EOIs to reach approximately 2,000 approvals per year. The number of EOIs selected will be adjusted at each selection to account for EOIs that did not result in an approval.

EOIs received from 12 October 2022

Parallel to the above, Expressions Of Interest submitted from 12 October 2022 will go into a ballot. A random selection will occur every three months, from August 2023, to reach 500 approvals per year. Your EOI may remain in the ballot for 2 years, after which it will expire.