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I'm working in New Zealand and want to have my partner and children with me

To join you in New Zealand, your partner and dependent child/ren must obtain visas of their own.

They will need to apply for their own visitor, student or work visa to come to New Zealand.

If you hold a work visa, your partner may be able to obtain a visitor visa to remain in New Zealand with you.

Partner of a Worker visitor visa

Depending on the type and duration of work visa you hold - and your skill/pay level for Essential Skills work visas - your partner may be able to obtain a work visa to remain in New Zealand with you.

Partner of a Worker work visa

You may also be eligible to support your child for a student or visitor visa.

Child of a Worker visitor visa

Dependent Child student visa

Not all work visa holders are able to support their partners and children for a visa. Find out below if your partner can apply.

Bringing family if you have a work visa

Minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders to support dependent children

Since 13 May 2019, the minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders to support visitor or student visa applications for their children is $43,322.76.

This does not reflect the skill band assessment of the work visa (for Essential Skills work visa applications made prior to 27 July 2020) or whether the work visa holder is paid at or above the median wage (for Essential Skills work visa applications made on or after 27 July 2020).

Minimum income changes

Announced changes to work visa policy

On 17 September 2019, the Minister of Immigration announced changes to employer assisted temporary work visa categories that will take place over the next 18 months.

Changes to temporary work visas

Widening the eligibility to support family 

Changes to options to support family, among other changes to work visa policy, were introduced on 27 July 2020.

Essential Skills visas are changing 27 July 2020