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Can workers from overseas bring their family with them?

Where a prospective employee is applying for certain types of work visas for longer than 6 months, their partner may be eligible for an open work visa and their school age children eligible for student visas if they meet health, character, and in some cases, English language requirements.

 Work visa holder supporting family

Where the prospective employee is applying for New Zealand residence, the partner and children would ordinarily be part of that application and may also be granted residence if the application is successful.   The partner of an applicant must be legally married to, or in a civil union or de facto relationship with the applicant. They must be able to show that their relationship is genuine and stable. A partner will only be granted residence if both people in the partnership have been living together for at least 12 months. 

If a work visa holder who is already in New Zealand has supported their family for temporary visas, each family member must be included in the Resident Visa application.


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