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Changes to immigration family residence categories (Immigration NZ Press Release)

Changes to immigration family residence categories

Thursday, May 10, 2012 (Immigration NZ Press Release)

The changes to immigration family policies will help New Zealand attract and retain skilled migrants, and ensure that family migrants can settle well and are self-sufficient.

New Zealand faces growing global competition for migrants with the skills we need to grow our economy. Being able to sponsor your parents to live here is important to help attract and retain skilled migrants.  This will give New Zealand a competitive advantage in the international hunt for these highly skilled workers.

These immigration policy changes will also help ensure we are attracting family migrants who are self-sufficient and can settle well. The door will still be open to parents of other migrants but their applications will not be prioritised.

As a result of this change ‘will now have a choice of two options, and can contact us for more detailed information.

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