NZ changes minimum income thresholds

Annual adjustments to minimum income thresholds for some New Zealand visa categories will come into effect over the next month.

The income thresholds across a number of categories will increase to reflect changes to New Zealand benefit rates. The changes are split as a result of both Work and Income adjustments and changes made through the Government’s Families Package.

The changes include the following:

– On 1st June 2018, the minimum income requirements for Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Category applicants who have partners or dependent children included will increase to NZ$38,199.20.

– On 1st July 2018, the minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders whose dependent children are in New Zealand on visitor or student visas will increase to NZ$42,944.20 (note this threshold is different to the skill-band remuneration rates for Essential Skills work visas).

– On 1st July 2018, the guaranteed lifetime minimum income requirements under tier one of the Parent Category will increase to NZ$28,166 for a single applicant and NZ$41,494 if a partner is included (note that both tiers one and two of the Parent Category are currently closed).

Article published 31st May 2018