Information about Dependent Child Student Visa

Apply for this visa to bring your dependent children to study at primary or secondary school in New Zealand. You must hold an appropriate work or student visa.


A dependent child can stay for the same length of time as their parent’s visa.

19 and under

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • A dependent child can join their parent in New Zealand.
  • A dependent child can study at a primary or secondary school in New Zealand.
  • A dependent child can be treated as a domestic student, which means you don’t have to pay tuition fees for them to go to school.

Things to note

  • If your child wants to study at tertiary level, and you are not eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa they may need to apply for a ‘Fee Paying Student Visa’ instead.

Fee Paying Student Visa

  • If you are eligible to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa, and your child was aged between 17 and 25 years old (inclusive) on 1 January 2022 they may be able to apply for a ‘Dependent Child Student Visa’ with Tertiary Conditions instead.

Dependent Child Tertiary Student Visa

  • Some work visa holders are not eligible to support applications for this visa

Find out if you are eligible to support your child's visa

  • Dependent children of Student Visa holders are only eligible for this visa if one of their parents is in New Zealand for an approved student exchange scheme, is enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in a New Zealand university, or has a New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship.

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