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Can workers from overseas bring their family with them?

When a prospective employee is applying for certain types of work visas with a duration longer than 6 months, their family may be eligible for visas based on their relationship. Their partner may be eligible for an open work visa and their children eligible for visitor or student visas.

The family members must 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. They may also be granted residence if the application is successful.

The applicant and partner must be legally married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship. They must be able to show that their relationship is genuine and stable. A partner will only be granted residence if the couple have been living together as partners for at least 12 months. 

Partnership

If a work visa holder 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