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

Student visa

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

Work visa

If your partner gets a work visa as the partner of a student they can stay for the same length of time as your student visa. This work visa lets them work in any occupation and for any employer in New Zealand.

Partner of a Student Work Visa

Who can support visas for family

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

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

If you are studying a level 9 or 10 qualification, or a  level 7 or 8 qualification in an occupation on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can support:

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

Long Term Skill Shortage List

If you are studying in an approved student exchange scheme you can support:

  • visitor visas for your partner and children
  • student visas for your 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 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 postgraduate qualification at level 8 you can support a work visa for your partner, but not student visas for your 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