We are from the UK with British passports but moved to NZ in 2002. We got NZ citizenship in October 2010 and moved to Australia in January 2011. My husband has worked for the same company since 2003 as a technical sales representative for a large agricultural company in their turf division, he has been in the industry for 22 years. His job is pretty specialised and he is seen as the expert in his field in Australia and NZ although he has no formal qualifications except for some basic registration quals. They moved him over here to grow the company in Queensland and NT and as Kiwi citizens we are here on the SCV and don't "need" PR. However, we would love my mum to join us from the UK. I have one brother in the UK with whom neither my mum nor I have a relationship. She applied on the off chance for the 461 NZ Family Relationship but was contacted almost immediately by Australia house and advised to withdraw her application as she wasn't eligible (the clerk also said "Who on earth advised you to apply for that visa? Of course your daughter isn't dependent on you - she's married" - was a bit confused as I am the NZ citizen and we were applying as she is somewhat dependent on me, not the other way around!) So it seems our only remaining option is to get PR, which in the long term is preferable to us and our 2 children anyway - the only route I can see available to us is Employer Sponsorship through Direct Entry. Then if we get that I am sure if my mum comes on holiday she may change her mind and want to lodge an onshore APV. I have seen some excellent advice on here and wondered if someone could clarify if I am correct in my thoughts? How long does PR take using this path? It is a bit of a strange one as he is already here legally doing the job he will be applying to do on the sponsorship, if that makes sense. If he gets refused, nothing changes and he will continue to be able to legally do his job indefinitely. The only difference will be that we can't sponsor my mum.