Dependent Child Resident visa enables dependent children to join their parents in New Zealand. In order to apply under this visa category you must demonstrate that you meet all visa requirements, and make sure that your sponsor is an appropriate sponsor. You might be eligible if you are up to 24 years old, single, with no children of your own, and are fully dependent on your parents for financial sustenance.

With this visa you can

Bring your dependent children to New Zealand to live with you. If they’re old enough they can study or work in New Zealand as well.

If you are a citizen or resident of New Zealand, you can bring your dependent children who are 24 years or under with you by applying to Dependent Child Resident Visa. Your children can live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Dependent children: Your children must be single and depend on you for financial support

Dependent children aged 21 – 24: Children aged 21-24 must rely on an adult for financial support

Your relationship with your children: You must be the parent of your dependent children

Custody of children 15 and under: You must have the legal right to remove dependent children from their home country

Your immigration status: You must be a New Zealand citizen or resident

Your place of residence: New Zealand must be your primary place of residence

English language: Your dependent children aged 16 and over may need to meet English language requirements

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Step 1 – You send your children’s visa application to Immigration New Zealand

You must complete and sign a ‘Residence Application’. Any dependent children aged 18 or over must also sign the form. You will need to send the application to Immigration New Zealand with your application fee, immigration levy and supporting documents.

Step 2 – Decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch. They may ask to interview you as part of the process.

You must hold a valid visa while you are in New Zealand. If your current temporary visa will expire before they make a decision on your residence application, you should apply for a further temporary visa if you wish to remain in New Zealand.

Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Completed the application form. Each person included in the application has signed the form.
  • Application fee and immigration levy.
  • Passports or travel documents (the original documents or certified copies) for each person included in the application.
  • Full birth certificates for every person included in the application.
  • Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates for all applicants if required.
  • Police certificate(s) (less than six months old) for every person included in this application.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs of each person included in the application.
  • Required evidence as outlined in sections I to O, and in the Residence Guide (INZ 1002)
Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application cost NZD$ 2,250

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application costs if your visa is refused. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under the Family Quota, Refugee Family Support Category, Samoa Quota Scheme or Pacific Access Category but weren’t included in your residence application, they’re not eligible for this visa.
  • If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under any other category but weren’t included in your residence application, we may ask you to explain the reason for this.
  • Some children of New Zealand citizens or residents are New Zealand citizens by birth or descent. If your child is a citizen, they do not need to apply for residence. Check the website below to see who is a New Zealand citizen.
Source: Immigration New Zealand