Bringing family if you are on a student visa

It is important to check the current border rules before planning your travel to New Zealand

Visas your family can apply for

If you hold a student visa, you can support a visitor visa for your partner and children. You may also be able to support a work visa for your partner, or student visas for your dependent children. 

Visitor Visa

With a visitor visa your partner and child can:

  • visit you while you are studying in New Zealand, and

  • stay for the same length of time as your student visa.

Work visa

With a work visa your partner can:

  • work in any occupation and for any employer in New Zealand

  • stay for the same length of time as your student visa

Student visa

If your dependent children get student visas, they can study at any primary or secondary school in New Zealand as domestic students

Domestic students are students at schools and tertiary education institutes who have their fees partly or totally paid by the New Zealand Government. In certain circumstances defined by New Zealand’s Ministry of Education, international students can be treated as domestic students.

Who can support visas for family

If you are studying a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at a New Zealand university or as an MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship student (excluding Short-term Training Scholarships and English Language Training for Officials Scholarships) you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and dependent children

  • a work visa for your partner

  • student visas for your dependent children.

If you are studying a level 9 or 10 qualification, or a level 7 or 8 qualification that is included on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and dependent children

  • a work visa for your partner.

If you are studying under a New Zealand Government approved student exchange scheme you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and dependent children

  • student visas for your dependent children.

If you are studying for any other qualification you can support visitor visas for your partner and children.

 

When can your partner support student visas for your children

 

In some circumstances you may be able to support a work visa for your partner, but not a student visa for your dependent children. However, if your partner applies for a work visa as the partner of a student, then they may support student visas for your children.

For example, if you are studying a level 8 qualification that is included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can support a work visa for your partner, but not student visas for your dependent children. This means:

  • you apply for a student visa

  • your partner applies for a work visa, as the partner of a student

  • your children apply for student visas as dependent children of your partner (who has a work visa).