Residence for Families

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard

At McLeod & Associates we love working with families, and we especially enjoy bringing families together through permanent residence to live, work and play in New Zealand. Whether you’re in a relationship with a New Zealander, or you’re a parent wanting to reunite with your children, or you’re wanting to bring your children or siblings to live here, we offer some of the best immigration packages available for our family clients.

With an unrivalled track-record in winning family cases, we believe that family migration doesn’t need to be the uncertain, stressful and anxiety-ridden process that many people experience – so long as it is planned carefully and delivered professionally. To our family clients we deliver detailed evaluations of eligibility, a meticulous strategy for our applications and an efficient filing and follow-up system – all within a warm, friendly and caring environment.

If you’re wondering what’s available for bringing your loved ones to New Zealand, we have extensive experience in finding permanent residence solutions in the following categories:

Dependent Children

If you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident with a dependent child living overseas, they may also qualify for residence if they are single, have no dependent children of their own and are aged 24 years or younger at the time of their application. Proof of actual dependence may be required – and the requirements will become more stringent if your children are aged in their twenties. There are also strict legal consent requirements to meet if you are separated or divorced from your child’s mother or father.

Contact us now to find out how to bring your children permanently to New Zealand.


If you’re the partner or spouse of a New Zealand citizen or resident and have lived with them in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more, this residence category is for you. The evidential requirements for satisfying Immigration New Zealand that your relationship is a legitimate one can be quite extensive, and so before you and your loved one take the plunge it is important to get professional immigration advice from experts who have extensive knowledge of the policy requirements.

We offer a special “Relationship Work-to-Residence” package to enable your partner or spouse live and work in New Zealand on a temporary visa while awaiting the outcome of their Residence application.

Contact us to find out how to plan for securing residence for your nearest-and-dearest.


If you’re a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and wish to bring your parents permanently to New Zealand, there are two ways for them to qualify:

  1. Family Parent Residence Category

Immigration New Zealand has temporarily closed this category until further notice.

  1. Parent Retirement Residence Category

This residence category now provides a fast-track way for New Zealand residents to get residence for their parents, without having to wait the usual 3 year stand-down period before being eligible to sponsor them.

To be eligible, your parents will need to invest NZ$1 million in New Zealand for 4 years, have NZ$500,000 in settlement funds and an annual income of NZ$60,000, and meet Immigration New Zealand’s “centre of gravity” definition.

Contact us now to find out if your parents qualify.

Kia Ora and welcome to McLeod & Associates – New Zealand’s leading provider of immigration services.

In New Zealand we’ve known for a long time that we live in paradise and with just over four million people living here, there’s plenty of space for everyone. New Zealand is the world's new land of opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs, students, skilled migrants and families. It’s the quality of life here that attracts many new migrants to New Zealand and with its unique blend of cultures, New Zealand's cosmopolitan society and migration policies welcome people from across the globe.


With our unique immigration lawyer - consultant combination, we’ve won countless cases for migrants wanting to live, work and play in New Zealand. We get the job done quickly, professionally and successfully. Our professional standards are regulated by the New Zealand Law Society to ensure that our clients receive advice and representation of the highest quality, and our more than 20 years of combined experience has proven to be a winning advantage for thousands of migrants in achieving their immigration plans. 

Residence Categories

If you are looking to migrate to the youngest, freshest, and most dynamic country in the world, our people have the expertise to make your move here trouble-free and successful. We provide high quality immigration services and results for New Zealand migrants in all areas of immigration including:

Temporary Categories


Immigration Problems