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V3.110 Parent and grandparent multiple entry visitor visa instructions

  1. The objective of the parent and grandparent multiple entry visitor visa instructions is to facilitate opportunities for parents or grandparents (and their partners) to visit their New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder children or grandchildren, through the grant of multiple entry visitor visas.
  2. To be granted a visa under these instructions applicants must:
    1. lodge an application for a visitor visa, as set out in E4, from outside New Zealand; and
    2. meet the requirements under Generic Temporary Entry Instructions; and
    3. provide a full medical certificate as if their intention were to remain in New Zealand for more than 12 months (see A4).
  3. Children of the principal applicant or of their partner may not be granted a visa under these instructions to accompany their parent but must obtain a visitor visa in their own right.
  4. Applicant(s) must be sponsored by the principal applicant's child or grandchild aged 18 years or older who meets the sponsorship requirements set out at E6.
  5. In cases where a child or grandchild is under 18 years of age and therefore cannot sponsor the applicant(s), a parent of the child or grandchild of the principal applicant may nevertheless sponsor the applicant(s) if they meet the sponsorship requirements set out at E6, regardless of whether that parent is a child of the principal applicant.
  6. Where (e) occurs, evidence must be provided of the family relationship of the child or grandchild to the sponsoring parent.
  7. The sponsor may sponsor only one person or one family unit (principal applicant and their partner) at one time.

V3.110.1 Supporting documents

  1. Despite V2.20, people applying under these instructions must provide a Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025) completed by their New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder child or grandchild (or by the parent of their child or grandchild). (see E6)
  2. Immigration officers must sight the following:
    1. evidence of the New Zealand immigration or citizenship status of the sponsor; and
    2. documents that confirm the principal applicant's relationship to the child or grandchild.

V3.110.5 Length of permitted stay

  1. Despite V2.5 and V2.15, applicants who are approved under these instructions may be granted a 3-year multiple entry visitor visa, allowing visits of 6 months from each date of arrival provided that:
    1. the sponsor intends to be in New Zealand during the period of any visit to New Zealand permitted by that visa; and
    2. the sponsor supports the application.
  2. Despite V3.110.5 (a) applicants are limited to a maximum stay in New Zealand of 18 months in total during the currency of the visa.

V3.110.10 Issue of further multiple entry visitor visas under these instructions

  1. A further visitor visa under these instructions will not normally be approved within 3 years of the date that the most recent visa was granted under these instructions.
  2. The following people will not normally be eligible for a subsequent multiple-entry visitor visa under these instructions:
    1. people who were granted a visa under these instructions and whose sponsor was not in New Zealand during the period(s) of their visit(s) to New Zealand;
    2. any person granted a visa under these instructions, who remains in New Zealand for a period in excess of the maximum allowable stay (18 months).

Effective 29/11/2010


V3.1 Group visas

V3.5 Business visitors

V3.10 Partners and dependent children of student or work visa holders

V3.15 Partners of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders

V3.20 Dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders

V3.25 Children entering New Zealand for adoption

V3.30 Children adopted overseas before their New Zealand citizenship is confirmed

V3.35 Culturally arranged marriage

V3.40 Entry to New Zealand for the purpose of medical treatment or consultation

V3.45 Applicants wanting to obtain occupational registration in New Zealand

V3.50 Persons associated with a Contracting Party to the Antarctic Treaty and other Antarctic travellers

V3.55 Visiting Media Programme (VMP)

V3.60 Pitcairn Islanders

V3.65 Conference delegates

V3.70 Crew members joining vessels or aircraft

V3.75 Department of Conservation volunteers (to 25/08/2014)

V3.80 Visitors arriving by yacht or private aircraft

V3.81 Owners and crew of super yachts

V3.85 Sports people, support staff, match and tournament officials and media and broadcasting personnel associated with sports events, tours or tournaments

V3.90 Visitor visas for refugee or protection status claimants

V3.95 German law students and graduates

V3.100 Guardians accompanying students to New Zealand

V3.105 APEC Business Travel Cardholders

V3.115 Work visa holders dismissed during a trial period

V3.120 Temporary Retirement Category

V3.125 Partners and dependent children of military visa holders

V3.130 Visiting academics

V3.135 Visitor visas for child victims of people trafficking

V3.140 Approved arts or music festival

V3.145 Short-term live entertainment acts

V3.150 International Tour Escorts

V3.155 Persons departing New Zealand during COVID-19

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