Immigration New Zealand also offer three different visa options to retire in New Zealand, either temporarily or permanently. Eligibility will also depend on whether the applicant has children residing in New Zealand. Please find below a summary of the options available.
(Due to COVID-19, EOI selections have been suspended until further notice)
This category reopened in Feb 2020, after being closed for 3 years. Adult children with residence or citizenship can sponsor their parents to become residents given they meet the income threshold for 2 out of the 3 years before the visa application is submitted. Contact us for more details on the income threshold.
If you have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident and is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to live here permanently. Applicants must have an annual income of NZ$60,000, plus NZ$1 million to invest over 4 years, and another NZ$500,000 to live on. Successful applicants will become eligible for permanent residence after 4 years. Applicants may include their partner in this application.
This option allows a temporary stay in New Zealand on a visitor visa for up to 2 years. To be eligible, the applicant must be 66 or above, have NZ $750,000 to invest in New Zealand for 2 years, another NZ $500,000 to live on, and an annual income of NZ $60,000. Partners can be included in this application, but not children.