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What is the visa status of a child born in New Zealand?

Since 1 January 2006, a child born in New Zealand is not automatically considered a New Zealand citizen if the parent/s are not New Zealand citizens.

More information on this change is available on the Department of Internal Affairs website. Information is also available on children born in New Zealand to New Zealand Resident parents.

Department of Internal Affairs

If a child born in New Zealand is not eligible for New Zealand citizenship at birth, they are deemed to hold a visa if either parent holds a visa when the child is born.

Deemed to hold a visa

The exact type of visa that a child born in New Zealand is deemed to hold depends on the visas held by the child's parents when the child was born.

If your child is ineligible for New Zealand citizenship at birth, it is recommended that you ask Immigration New Zealand for a statement of your child’s immigration status to confirm the type and duration of your child's visa.

To do this, you will need to complete the form below and provide a certified copy of your child's birth certificate and evidence of your immigration status at the time of their birth by supplying evidence of your visa.

Request for Statement of Immigration Status Form (INZ 1137)

You should send the completed form and documents by secure mail or courier. There is currently no fee for this process.

Immigration New Zealand branch

Generally, if you lodge an application for a resident visa you must include your child in that application. If you are lodging a temporary visa application because your visa is due to expire, you may also need to apply for a further visa for your child.