Parents and grandparents can apply for a visa to visit a family in New Zealand. You, as a parent or grandparent, must be visiting your New Zealand citizen or resident children or grandchildren. You can spend a quality time with your children or grandchildren and see New Zealand’s scenery, adventure, culture, and people. With this visa you can stay up to 6 months at a time, with a maximum total stay of 18 months in 36 months.

With this visa you can

  • Visit your children or grandchildren in New Zealand.
  • Travel in and out of New Zealand multiple times.
  • Include your partner in your visa application.

This visa is specially made for parent and grandparent willing to meet children or grandchildren in New Zealand. This visa allows the parent and grandparent to stay up to 6 months at a time.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Applicant’s Eligibility

Genuine intentions: You must genuinely intend to meet all the visa rules.

Genuine visitor: You must genuinely intend to visit your children or grandchildren in New Zealand. Your children or grandchildren must intend to be in New Zealand when you visit.

Sponsorship: You must be sponsored by your child or grandchild, or their parent

Sponsor’s Eligibility

To be eligible to sponsor you (and your partner), your sponsor must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • be your child or grandchild, or their parent
  • be 18 or over
  • meet our requirements for acceptable sponsors
  • not be sponsoring anyone else.
  • Your sponsor must complete a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’, as evidence of their sponsorship.

Acceptable Sponsors: Your sponsor’s immigration status: Your sponsor must be a New Zealand citizen or resident

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Step 1: Apply for your visa

Complete the proper visa application form and send it to Immigration New Zealand with your application fee, immigration levy, and the documents listed in the checklist on the form.

Step 2: A decision about your visa

If you have a medical condition it will take longer to process your visa application and you should apply at least 4 months before you intend to travel to New Zealand.

If there is anything else you need to do, the Immigration New Zealand will be in touch.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

All applicants must provide:

  • Completed, signed visa application form.
  • Two passport-sized colour photographs for each member included in the visa application.
  • Valid Passport or travel document for each member included in the visa application.
  • Medical exam

Evidence of financial support consisting of:

  • a filled-up Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025), or
  • evidence demonstrating you have enough funds in your name to support yourself.

Evidence that you have the means to leave New Zealand consisting of:

  • a filled-up Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025), or
  • pre-purchased travel out of New Zealand, or
  • evidence showing you have enough funds in your name to purchase travel out of New Zealand.

If your spouse and/or dependent children are added in this application:

  • evidence of your relationship with your spouse and/or
  • evidence that you are the parent or legal guardian of the children added in this visa application
Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application Fee $ 167

Immigration New Zealand does not refund application fees if your visa is refused. A non-refundable immigration levy is also charged and is included in the cost. Each person must pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35. This is included in the fee.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Things to note

  • If you wish to bring dependent kids with you, they will need to apply separately.
  • You can only apply for this visa while you’re outside of New Zealand.
Source: Immigration New Zealand