Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa Amendment Bill to Five or Ten Years
New Zealand is a country of immigrants with a large percentage of Kiwis being born overseas.
However, since Immigration New Zealand has temporarily closed and reduced the quota for the Parent category, fewer Kiwis can be reunited with their family in New Zealand. The new policy relating to parents gaining NZ residence effectively gives no priority to processing applications for parents to join their Kiwi children. A new extended visitor visa would help bridge the gap that now exists.
ACT thinks it is practical for Immigration NZ to introduce a new 5 or 10 years multi- entry parent visitor visa without any limitation on how long they can stay during each visit. However, the applicants of such visas must purchase health insurance to cover any health costs incurred during their stay. Financial evidence is required which would be at least NZ $ 1,000 per month per person that you intend to stay in New Zealand included in your application, or NZ $ 400 per month if you have accommodation confirmed. Funds must be in your own name. They would also be subject to good character and health checks before such a visa could be granted.
This policy would allow people to be reunited with their family without burdening the New Zealand taxpayer by adding extra pressure on the Social Welfare system and public hospital resources