Dependent Child Tertiary Student visa

Dependent children of people eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa can access tertiary education as domestic students while their family’s 2021 Resident Visa is processed and work up to 20 hours per week.


You can apply for this visa if you are a tertiary student who

  • lives in New Zealand;
  • is aged 25 years or under on 1 January 2022;
  • and is the dependent child of a person who is likely to be eligible for a 2021 Resident Visa.


Your Dependent Child Tertiary Student visa will be granted with an expiry date that is the same as the expiry date of your parent’s visa or 31 December 2023, whichever is sooner.

If you are granted another visa, including the 2021 Resident Visa, your Dependent Child Tertiary Student visa will expire on the same date your new visa begins.

You will be able to work for up to 20 hours a week while you hold a Dependent Child Tertiary Student visa. You will need to provide evidence that:

  • you are enrolled in a full-time study programme or
  • you are 18 years or older and being included as a dependent in an application for a 2021 Resident Visa.

How to apply

Download the form: 

Student Visa Application Form (INZ 1012) PDF 369KB

Post the complete form to:

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 76895
Manukau City
Auckland 2241

The application cost is $275. This includes the fee and immigration levy.

You may need to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health. You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.