Bringing family if you have a student visa

All students can support visitor visas for their partners and children. Some can also support a work visa for their partners, or student visas for their children.

Visas your family can apply for

If you hold a student visa, you can support a visitor visa for your partner and children. You may also be able to support a work visa for your partner, or student visas for your dependent children.

How we define family

Visitor visa

With a visitor visa your partner and child can:

  • visit you while you are studying in New Zealand, and
  • stay for the same length of time as your student visa.

Partner of a Student Visitor Visa

Child of a Student Visitor Visa

Work visa

With a work visa your partner can:

  • work in any occupation and for any employer in New Zealand
  • stay for the same length of time as your student visa

Partner of a Student Work Visa

Student visa

If your dependent children get student visas, they can study at any primary or secondary school in New Zealand as domestic students.

Dependent Child Student Visa

Who can support visas for family

If you are studying a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at a New Zealand university or as an MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship student (excluding Short-term Training Scholarships and English Language Training for Officials Scholarships) you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and dependent children
  • a work visa for your partner
  • student visas for your dependent children.

If you are studying a level 9 or 10 qualification, or a level 7 or 8 qualification that is included on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and dependent children
  • a work visa for your partner.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

If you are studying under a New Zealand Government approved student exchange scheme you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and dependent children
  • student visas for your dependent children.

If you are studying for any other qualification you can support visitor visas for your partner and children.

When your partner can support student visas for your children

In some circumstances you may be able to support a work visa for your partner, but not a student visa for your dependent children. However, if your partner applies for a work visa as the partner of a student, then they may support student visas for your children.

For example, if you are studying a level 8 qualification that is included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can support a work visa for your partner, but not student visas for your dependent children. This means:

  • you apply for a student visa
  • your partner applies for a work visa, as the partner of a student
  • your children apply for student visas as dependent children of your partner (who has a work visa).

Bringing family if you have a work visa