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Dependent Child Visa Information.

Here we share some general information about Dependent Child Visa policy. This does not replace or constitute immigration advice from a licensed immigration adviser.

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Dependent Child Policy.

Immigration New Zealand will usually try to help dependent children stay with their parents and normally work quickly to reunite them if they are separated.

There are no quotas, and such cases are normally given priority. However, there can be unexpected difficulties. Typically problems arise for children from separated parents, complicated adoptions, and children who were not declared in earlier visa applications. Older children applying face additional hurdles. Health and character requirements apply.

How Dependent Children Can Be Defined?

Dependent children are those with one or more parents who are New Zealand Citizens or Residents normally living in New Zealand. Applicants can be either the biological or adopted (including cultural adoptions) child of the New Zealand parent. Older children will need to demonstrate they are totally or substantially reliant for financial support on one or more parent. Minimum requirements include:

  • not married or living in a partnership

  • rely on their parents for financial support, and;

  • have no children of their own

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Dependent Child Approval.

The child must be "financially dependent" according to a particular and strict definition of that term, and any such claim must be supported by hard evidence. That is often not so easy.

It is surprising how often children who are seen as part of a "family" have, in fact, been adopted either in a documented, western sense of that word or less formally in a customary or cultural adoption. Often children have been brought into a family following a breakdown of an earlier relationship, which will need to be documented. Sometimes there are unexpected difficulties producing birth and identity documentation for children.

The Complex Criteria.

Other possible problems may be to do with identity or how children became separated from parents. These issues can sometimes even lead to a review of the accuracy of claims made in an earlier via application by the parents or by other relatives.

Where children have been placed into the care of people other than their natural parents, questions may arise as to whether those caregivers are temporary or have become "permanent".

General Comments.

New Zealand is a signatory to "The Hague Convention"; an international agreement designed to make it difficult for parents (or others) to cross borders with children while denying others their parental rights. That Convention requires consent from absent parents who may have had no part in the child's life for some years.

While the Dependent Child policy itself seems simple enough, many cases lead to unexpected difficulties in an area that is, by its nature, very sensitive and emotional.

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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.

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