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    Hi all,

    Hoping someone can give advice, any personal anecdotes maybe?

    My father in law is 64 years old and a telecommunications specialist. We would so badly love him to be here with us in NZ but are struggling to find out what our options are.

    We are only expecting our PR to come through in the next month or so and would need to have it 3 years to sponsor him.

    He is British so could come for 6 months to visit but then what?

    Thanks in advance!

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    This is difficult. Had your father already been in NZ on PR there would be no problem with him being able to work as NZ doesn't appear to have a specific retirement age. However, to be able to get into NZ long term, he would need to be 55 years or under, to qualify to apply.

    Other than sponsorship, I'm afraid I can't think of any other way he could get in. We are in a similar position except that Taffy's 3 years of holding PR are completed now, so we can apply when we are ready. If only you had family in Australia, your father could possibly have done 6 months there and 6 months in NZ until the 3 years was up. Other than that, it would be 6 months in NZ and 6 months back home. He could apply to extend his visit visa for another 3 months or maybe as long as up to a year, but then he would have to stay out of NZ for the same length of time before he could come back in again. It's a pain, isn't it?

    Our main worry now is whether a possible change of government after the election may have a detrimental effect on immigration policies. That's one to watch out for and they are already discussing the situation.
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    I suspected that might be the case but had hoped against it. Is there any way he could get a work visa if he were offered a job here?

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    While it talks here about the various types of work permit available, it only mentions age when it touches on the Long Term Skill Shortages work policy. Yet I suspect there is an age limit to applying for the other types because, otherwise, a lot more people over the age of 55 would be trying to get in that way. This can be borne out when you read this quick check for Work to Residency.

    The Essential Skills work policy has replaced the old temporary work policy, but I can't see anything on there that mentions an age restriction. It is very misleading.
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