Information about Intercountry Adoption Resident Visa

If you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident, you can bring a child you legally adopted from overseas to New Zealand to live with you. If your child is granted residence, they can stay in New Zealand indefinitely.

Overview

Indefinitely

24 and under


All conditions

You can

  • Bring your adopted child to New Zealand to live with you.
  • If your child is old enough, they can go to school or get a job.

Things to note

  • The adoption process must be legally complete before you can apply for this visa.
  • If the adoption process is ongoing, you may be able to apply for a Visitor Visa to bring the child to New Zealand while the  adoption process is being finalised.
  • If you're a New Zealand citizen and the adoption process is legally complete, you may be able to apply for citizenship for your child.

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