Information about Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa

You can apply for this visa if you have children or grandchildren who are New Zealand citizens or residents. It allows you to travel in and out of New Zealand to visit your family.


Up to 6 months at a time, with a maximum total stay of 18 months in 3 years

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Visit your children or grandchildren in New Zealand.
  • Travel in and out of New Zealand multiple times.
  • Include your partner in your visa application.

Things to note

  • If you applied for this visa between 1 August and 21 September 2022, we will give you an update on your application soon. If you log into Immigration Online it may show a ‘lapsed’ status — you do not need to do anything, as this is part of the process to finalise these applications.
  • If you want to bring dependent children with you, they’ll need to apply for their own visas.
  • You can only apply for this visa while you’re outside of New Zealand.
  • If you are only planning to visit New Zealand once, the general Visitor Visa may suit you better. It has fewer requirements to meet.

Visitor Visa

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