If you live in New Zealand, you can bring your child to the country under the New Zealand Dependent Child Resident Visa. This way your child can live and study in New Zealand and work there if he or she is old enough.

We describe all you need to know about New Zealand Dependent Child Resident Visa, including the application process, requirements, fees and processing time.

What is a Dependent Child Resident Visa?

If you are in New Zealand as a citizen or resident, you can bring your dependent children to New Zealand by obtaining this visa. This way, you can live together. In addition, your children can live and study in this country permanently and work if they are old enough.

If you want to get a Dependent Child Resident visa for your child, you should consider the following:

  • Your children must be 24 years old or younger.
  • If they were qualified for New Zealand residence on the following but were not entered in your residence application, they can not apply for this permission:
    • Family Quota
    • Refugee Family Support Category
    • Samoa Quota Scheme
    • Pacific Access Category
  • If they are qualified for New Zealand residence under another category but weren’t entered in your residence application, New Zealand immigration may ask you to explain the reason in this regard.
  • Some children of New Zealand citizens or residents are New Zealand citizens by birth or descent. If your children are a citizen, they do not need to apply for this visa.
  • If your resident visa is subject to section 49 conditions, your child visa will be subject to the same conditions.
  • Your child can study in New Zealand under this visa
  • If your child is old enough, he or she can work in New Zealand under this visa.

What are the requirements for this visa?

  • Your child’s identity documents include a photo, passport, and birth certificate. If your children submit their documents online, they must provide a photograph, a certified copy of their birth certificate and a passport. If they use the paper submission, it is necessary to provide two photos, the original birth certificate, and passport.
  • If your children are aged 17 or older, they must provide a police certificate to prove their good character. Children under this age do not need to provide this certificate. Please note that this certificate must be submitted in English. Also, note that the country of citizenship issues this certificate.
  • Your child needs to do a medical examination. A chest x-ray is also mandatory for children younger than 11 years of age. Children under 11 years of age and pregnant women do not need a chest x-ray unless a special report is needed.
  • Children in the age range of 18 to 24 years are considered dependent if they rely on their families financially. Dependent children must:
    • Be 17 years old or younger
    • If children are 18 to 24 years old, they should not have children of their own
    • Just living with their parents does not mean they are single.

New Zealand Immigration confirms the age of children using identity documents.

  • To decide whether children between the ages of 18 and 24 are dependent, New Zealand Immigration considers the following:
    • Do they work? If so, full-time or part-time?
    • Can they support themselves?
    • Do they study? Full-time or part-time?
    • Do they live with their families?
  • You should prove your relationship with your child. For this purpose, you can show the following items:
    • Birth certificate
    • Adoption documents (you can provide a letter stating that you have adopted the child, as well as the date and country where the adoption took place)
    • Other documents that can prove your relationship with your child

If you are in New Zealand as a resident and your child is eligible to be included in your visa application but you have not, New Zealand Immigration will probably ask you to explain the reason for this.

  • If your child is 15 years old or younger, you must have legal custody of him or her to leave the country. If your child’s other parent has died, you must provide a death certificate. Also, if you are separated, you should consider the following:
    • You must have the right to decide where your child lives.
    • You should have the right to remove your child from the home country.
    • You must have custody of your child, and the other parent must agree that your child can leave the country and come to New Zealand.
  • Your child can get this visa if you are a citizen or resident of this country. For this purpose, the New Zealand Immigration will consider the following:
    • New Zealand passport, birth certificate, citizenship documents
    • New Zealand resident visa
    • Australian passport
  • You have to show that you live in New Zealand. For this purpose, you must provide the following documents:
    • Letters addressed to you, including rates or utility bills
    • Employment documents
    • Payments from Work and Income
    • Tax payments related to Inland Revenue
    • Mortgage agreements
    • Documents confirming your belongings have been moved to New Zealand
    • Any other documents that show you live in New Zealand.
  • Children aged 16 or older must be able to speak English. In order to prove their ability in English, they can consider the following:
    • An acceptable English language test result
    • The evidence they have an English speaking background
    • The evidence they can speak English for other reasons.

If they can not speak English, they need to learn it in New Zealand. To do this, they must attend language classes. Therefore, you must pay the tuition fee for these classes before receiving the visa.

How to apply for this visa?

The a[[location process comes in two ways;

Paper submission

If you want to use this method to send your visa application, consider the following:

  1. You must first complete the Residence Application. Children aged 18 and over must sign this form.
  2. Then you have to pay for the visa application fee and immigration levy and send the completed form along with other documents. You must send the documents to the following address:

Immigration New Zealand

PO Box 76895

Manukau City

Auckland 2241

New Zealand

  1. New Zealand immigration may require further documentation. You may also have to attend an interview. Finally, your documents will be evaluated, and your visa application will be reviewed.

Online submission

If you prefer to submit your documents online, consider the following:

  1. You must first create an account on the New Zealand Immigration Website.
  2. Then complete the application form and send your documents through this account. Note that you must also pay for the visa application.
  3. New Zealand Immigration will check your documents. They may ask you to participate in an interview. Finally, the decision to grant a visa is made.

Note that you can track the progress of your visa application through this account.

How much does it cost to apply for this visa?

If you need to apply for a Dependent Child Resident visa, you have to pay New Zealand $2250. This fee is non-refundable. In other words, whether the visa is issued or the application is rejected, this fee will not be refunded to you.

How long does it take to assess the submitted documents and issue the visa?

90% of Dependent Child Resident visa applications are processed within 11 months.

Let’s sum up …

In the previous sections, we answered the most frequently asked questions about the New Zealand Dependent Child Resident visa. In other sections of the Visa Library website, you can find other New Zealand visas as well as visas from other countries.

If you have experience with this visa or other New Zealand visas, you can share it with other readers through the comments section. Conveying your experiences can be an effective help for people who are on the way to getting a visa. You can also ask your questions through this section, and we will respond as soon as possible.

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