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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 (spouse or de facto) and dependant 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 long term work visa (longer than 6 months in duration), your partner may be able to apply for a Partner of a Worker Work Visa or a Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa.

Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa

Partner of a Worker Work 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.

Find out if you are eligible to support your partners visa

Increase to the minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders to support their dependent children from 13 May 2019

Since 13 May 2019, the minimum income requirement for Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders whose dependent children are in New Zealand on visitor or student visas has increased to $43,322.76 (note this threshold is different to the skill-band remuneration rates for Essential Skills work visas).

Minimum income changes

Previous minimum income requirement

Previously, from 1 April 2017 to 12 May 2019, Essential Skills work visa holders who wanted their dependent children to live with them in New Zealand must have earned at least NZ$37,090.68 gross per year. This is no longer current Immigration Instructions.

 

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