In 2016, Immigration New Zealand suspended the parent category visa, which put many parents in a dilemma. However, in 2020, the government re-opened the programme along with another 1000 visas.
Migrants who have waited more than five years to have their parents settle in New Zealand are calling for the government to front up on when residence applications will restart.
More than 8500 parents of overseas-born residents and citizens are among more than the 5000 Expressions of Interest (EOI) for residence that have been filed, but no one is being selected to apply.
The process was suspended at the same time as Skilled Migrant Residence Selections. In a statement, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said the government continued to assess when EOI selections can take place but added that there was no timeframe on when decisions would be made.
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