Dependent income thresholds increased

Immigration

New Zealand Immigration Update: May 2019.

The minimum income requirements for some visa categories have recently been increased.

Update

The minimum income requirements for some visa categories have recently been increased.

Why the change?

INZ adjusts minimum income requirements annually.

The purpose of these changes is to ensure that migrants will have enough money to support themselves and their dependents while in New Zealand. 

These increases were spurred by recent changes to Work and Income payment levels.

What are the changes?

1.    1 June 2019: Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Category residence visa applicants will need to earn at least $38,577.76 if they have partners or dependent children.

2.    1 July 2019: Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders will need to earn at least $43,322.76 to support dependent children for a visitor or student visa.

Notes:

  • Where both parents hold Essential Skills visas, their income can be combined to meet this level.
  • For children of Religious Worker visa holders, the income of both parents can be combined to meet this level.
  • This threshold is different to the skill-band remuneration rates for Essential Skills.

Who will be impacted?

  • Individuals on Essential Skills or Religious Worker visas who would like to support their children for dependent visitor or student visas; and
  • Applicants under the Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Categories of residence who have a partner or dependent children.

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