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Join your Family in New Zealand

 

Under the family categories you are eligible to apply for residence if you are the partner, parent or dependent child of a New Zealand permanent resident or citizen.

 

Explore Visa Options to Join the Family


We have a range of visas to help partners, dependent children, and parents of New Zealand citizens, residents, and visa holders join the family here.

 
Partner Category

Partner of a Student Visitor Visa

If your partner has a student visa, you can come to New Zealand as a visitor. You can stay here for the same length of time as your partner. You can study for up to 3 months with this visa, but you can’t work.

Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

If your partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can apply to become a New Zealand resident. Your partner must support your application.

Partner of a New Zealander Visitor Visa

If your partner is a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder, you can come to New Zealand as a visitor. Depending on how long you’ve been together, you may be able to stay here for up to 2 years.

Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa

If your partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident, you may be able to come with them to New Zealand and work while you’re here.

 

Partner of a Worker Work Visa

If your partner has a work visa that’s for more than 6 months, and they support your application, you may be able to come to New Zealand to work for the same length of time as your partner’s visa.

Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa

If your partner has an appropriate work visa, you may be able to come to New Zealand as a visitor. If you’re granted a visitor visa, you’ll be able to stay for the same length of time as your partner.

Partner of an NZ Scholarship Student Work Visa

This visa allows you to work in New Zealand while your partner is here on an MFAT-funded NZ

Scholarship.

Partner of a Student Work Visa

If your partner holds a Student visa, and they support your application, you may be able to come to New Zealand to work for the same length of time allowed by your partner’s visa. To be eligible your partner must be studying towards a level 7 or 8 qualifications on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, or a level 9 or 10 qualification.

Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa

If you have recently married a New Zealand citizen in a traditional arranged marriage, or want to marry in New Zealand, you can get a 3-month visitor visa to begin living with your partner.

 

Independent Children Category

 

Child of a Student Visitor Visa

If you have a student visa, your dependent children can come to New Zealand as visitors. They can stay here for the same length of time as your visa allows.

Dependent Child Resident Visa

If you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident and you live here, you can apply for your dependent children to move to New Zealand to live with you. If your children are granted residence, they can live in New Zealand permanently.

Child of a Worker Visitor Visa

If you have a work visa or you’re applying for one, you can apply for your children who are 19 and under to come to New Zealand as visitors. Your children can stay in New Zealand for the same length of time as your visa.

Dependent Child Student Visa

The dependent children of certain kinds of work and student visa holders can apply for a student visa to allow them to go to a primary or secondary school in New Zealand.

Child of a New Zealander Visitor Visa

If you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident any of your dependent children who aren’t New Zealand citizens or residents can join you in New Zealand as visitors.

Parent Category

Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa

Parents and grandparents can visit family in New Zealand multiple times on the same visa, for up to 18 months in a 3-year period.

Parent Retirement Resident Visa

Parents, who have an adult child who is a New Zealand citizen or resident, can apply to live in New Zealand permanently. To apply, you’ll need an annual income of NZ $60,000 plus NZ $1 million to invest for 4 years, and another NZ $500,000 to live on.

Parent Resident Visa

If you have an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child who earns enough and agrees to sponsor you, you may be able to live in New Zealand permanently. You need to send us an expression of interest explaining how you meet the requirements and be sponsored by your child, or your child and their partner, and we may invite you to apply for residence.

Guardian of a Student Visitor Visa

Parents and legal guardians can visit New Zealand to live with and care for their children who are studying in New Zealand.

Other Category

Pacific Access Category Resident Visa

Each year we invite people from Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Tonga to register for a ballot that, if drawn, allows you to apply to live in New Zealand.

Adoption Visitor Visa

Children can come to New Zealand to be adopted by New Zealand citizens or residents. The adoption must have the support of the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

If you have a family member who was granted New Zealand residence because they were a refugee or protected person, they may be able to sponsor your application for New Zealand residence.

 

COVID-19 Short-term Visitor Visa

A short-term visitor visa is available to individuals who are genuinely unable to depart New Zealand due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Visitor Visa

Depending on your plans, you can visit New Zealand for up to 9 months. You can come here on holiday, study for 3 months, or visit friends and family.

(source: Immigration New Zealand)