Dependent children

You can include dependent children in your visa application if they meet our requirements, or they can apply for a visa based on their relationship to you.

How your children apply for a visa

There are 2 ways that children apply for a visa.

  1. If your children are dependent, you can include them in your visa application.
  2. If your children are not dependent, they can apply for their own visas based on their relationship to you if you:
    • already have a visa
    • are applying for a visa, or
    • are a New Zealand citizen.
Note

Dependent children are not eligible for work visas.

How we define dependent children

Dependent children are:

  • not married
  • rely on their parents for financial support, and
  • have no children of their own.

We also have rules about their age. How old they can be depends on whether you are applying for:

  • a resident visa, or
  • a temporary visa to visit, study or work.

Resident visas for dependent children

Your child is dependent if they are:

  • 24 and under
  • not married
  • do not have children of their own
  • rely on you for financial support.

Temporary visas for dependent children

Your child is dependent if they are:

  • 19 and under
  • not married
  • do not have children of their own
  • rely on you for financial support.

If your children are 20 or older:

  • you cannot include them in your application for a visitor or student visa
  • they cannot apply for a visitor or student visa based on their relationship with you.

If they want to join you in New Zealand they need to apply for their own visa.