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A Guide to Getting a Dependent Child Visa in NZ

The Dependent Child Visa allows parents to bring their children to New Zealand as a visitor or a resident. This visa has been a lifesaver for parents and children who have been separated due to Covid-19. It is one of the few visas that allows international travel to NZ while the border is closed.

08/02/20223 min read
A Guide to Getting a Dependent Child Visa in NZ


The Dependent Child Visa allows parents to bring their children to New Zealand as a visitor or a resident. This visa has been a lifesaver for parents and children who have been separated due to Covid-19. It is one of the few visas that allows international travel to NZ while the border is closed.

New Zealand has an excellent education system for children, along with a wide range of recreational activities that will allow them to thrive. Bringing your child to New Zealand is a move that will no doubt bring positivity and excitement into your child’s life. Read on to learn how to apply for a Dependent Child Visa in NZ, and the challenges that may come with the process.


What is a Dependent Child?

So, how do you know if your child qualifies as a ‘dependent child’? Immigration NZ classifies dependent children as someone who is not married, is financially dependent on an adult, and has no children of their own. The child must also be the right age, which will depend on the type of visa they’re applying for.

For example, if your child is applying for a Resident Dependent Child Visa, they must be 24 years old or under. This visa will allow them to live, study, and work in New Zealand indefinitely. If they are applying for a temporary visa, they must be 19 years old or younger and can stay in New Zealand for a maximum of 9 months.


How to Apply for a Dependent Child Visa in NZ

If your child is classified as ‘dependent’ by Immigration NZ, you can include them in your visa application. If you are already a New Zealand citizen, a current visa holder, or are in the process of applying for a visa, they can apply based on their relationship with you. Of course, applications for the dependent child visa must include all relevant information and documentation. We recommend speaking with your licensed immigration adviser to ensure you have everything you need for your application.

As with many visa applications in New Zealand, the Dependent Child Visa comes with its own unique challenges. For example, sometimes adopted children may have difficulties in getting birth and identity documentation or the adoption may not be recognised in NZ. In other cases, some children have absent birth parents and cannot get their parent’s consent for their visa application. The rule that the child must be ‘financially dependent’ can also make things tricky for many young people. Immigration NZ does not always consider these complexities, which can make the application process difficult.

Non-dependent children cannot be included in your application. They must apply and qualify separately to you for their own visas. If this situation applies to your child take advice before applying.

Get in Touch with Malcolm Pacific

Immigration for Visa Assistance

Need visa assistance? Here at Malcolm Pacific Immigration, we have a wealth of experience dealing with complicated visa issues and are here to help. We specialise in all visa types, including the Dependent Child Visa. Our team of licensed immigration advisers will help you with every step of your application to ensure success. Your first consultation with us is free, so get in touch today and we can discuss the next steps. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest NZ immigration policies on our website.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21