If you want to move to New Zealand to be with your parent, you may apply for residence under our Dependent Child Category.
You don’t need a visa if you’re:
In some circumstances you may not be able to get a visa (see below).
See our examples below to better understand whether you'll need a visa.
While we welcome people from overseas we need to protect the interests of New Zealand citizens and residents.
If an immigration officer believes you’re not genuine in your stated intentions, we will not issue you a visa.
In most situations we do not issue visas to people:
Want to see the wording of the Immigration Instructions? Go directly to the Operational Manual.
These conditions don’t apply to you? Then you may apply for a resident visa. Learn more on resident visas.
Not sure whether you’d be eligible for a visa? These examples will give you an idea of the situations under Sections 15 and 16 of the Immigration Act where, generally, you would not be granted a visa.
All applications are thoroughly assessed before a decision is made on whether a visa is granted. The guidelines given here concern character requirements for the granting of visas. All other requirements must also be met for a visa to be granted.
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