Navigating the EOI Selections for Parent Resident Visa: A Comprehensive Guide

Navigating the EOI Selections for Parent Resident Visa: A Comprehensive Guide

The world of immigration can often be complex and confusing, especially when it comes to understanding the nuances of various visa categories and their respective application processes. One such category is the Parent Resident Visa, which is under the spotlight due to recent changes in the Expression of Interest (EOI) selection process.

Introduced with the aim of allowing parents of residents or citizens to live in New Zealand, the Parent Resident Visa has seen some changes in its EOI selection process that came into effect from October 12, 2022​​. It is crucial for applicants to be aware of these changes to effectively plan their application and maximize their chances of success.

One of the significant changes is the introduction of two sets of EOI selections – the queue and the ballot. Your EOI will go into either of these sets based on the date of receipt​.

The Queue

EOIs received on or before October 11, 2022, fall into the queue. The process prioritizes the oldest EOIs first. The first selection from the queue occurred on November 14, 2022, and the goal is to approve around 2,000 visas each year from this queue until there are no remaining EOIs​​. The queue-based EOI selections do not have an expiry date, but applicants can withdraw their EOIs from the queue if they wish to do so​.

The Ballot

For EOIs received on or after October 12, 2022, a different process applies. These EOIs are placed into a ballot, from which selections are made randomly every three months. The first such ballot-based selection is set to take place in August 2023. The intention here is to grant around 500 visas each year through this process​1​.

Unlike the queue, EOIs in the ballot have an expiry period of two years. Moreover, an individual can only be included in one EOI in the ballot. However, if an individual has an EOI in the queue (submitted before October 12, 2022), they can submit another EOI to the ballot​​. It’s also important to note that it’s more advantageous to submit your EOI closer to the selection date in the ballot system​​.

It’s crucial for prospective applicants to understand these changes and strategize their application process accordingly. Stay tuned for more updates and information on the Parent Resident Visa and other immigration categories. Your journey to New Zealand starts with a well-informed step!
Whether you’re a seasoned applicant or a first-time explorer in the realm of immigration, understanding the nuances of the EOI selection process for the Parent Resident Visa can greatly enhance your journey. Stay updated, stay informed, and get one step closer to making New Zealand your home.