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What is a Dependent Child Student Visa?

Overview: The New Zealand Dependent Child Student Visa is designed for children whose parents are in New Zealand on specific types of visas, allowing them to study in local schools.
Purpose: This visa provides educational opportunities for children of temporary workers, students, or other visa holders, ensuring they can attend school while their parents work or study in New Zealand.

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Criteria for Dependent Child Student Visa

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Parent’s Visa Status: Parents must hold eligible visas such as work or student visas.
  • Age Limit: Generally for children aged 19 and under, but specific age limits may apply depending on the parent’s visa category.
  • School Enrollment: Children must have confirmed enrollment in a New Zealand school.
  • Health and Character: Standard health and character requirements must be met.
  • Dependency: The child must be financially dependent on their parent.

What is the Process for Dependent Child Student Visa?


When it comes to applying for a Dependent Child Student Visa, there are specific steps you need to take to ensure a smooth and successful application. At ICL, we’re here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Document Gathering

Collecting birth certificates, proof of relationship, school enrollment letters, and other relevant documents.

Health Checks

Arranging necessary health examinations.

Application Submission

Completing and submitting the visa application form along with all required documentation.


Responding to any additional information requests from Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

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Process at ICL Immigration for a Dependent Child Student Visa

Initial Consultation

Assessing the child's eligibility based on their parent's visa type and other criteria.

Document Preparation

Assisting in gathering and preparing all necessary documents, including evidence of the parent's visa status, the child’s birth certificate, proof of school enrollment, and financial support.

Health and Character Requirements

Guiding the family through any required health examinations and character checks.

Visa Application Submission

Completing and submitting the visa application accurately and efficiently.

Follow-Up and Communication

Liaising with Immigration New Zealand for any follow-up queries or additional documentation.

Post-Approval Guidance

Offering advice and assistance once the visa is approved, including tips for settling the child into their new school environment in New Zealand.

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Does this visa allow for tertiary education?

Typically, it’s for primary and secondary education, but specific cases may vary.

Can dependent children of visitor visa holders apply?

No, this visa is for dependents of certain categories of long-term visa holders.

What if the parent’s visa is not eligible?

The child would need to apply for a different type of student visa.

Are there any restrictions on school choice?

Children can attend most primary and secondary schools, but certain schools may have specific enrollment policies.

What happens if the parent changes their visa type?

The child’s visa status may need reassessment.

How are applications prioritized?

Applications are generally processed in the order they are received.

Is there a limit to the number of dependent children that can apply?

No specific limit, but each child must individually meet the criteria.

Can the visa be renewed?

It depends on the parent's visa status and duration.

What support does ICL Immigration provide for school enrollment?

Assistance with understanding enrollment requirements and liaising with schools if necessary.

What are the financial requirements for this visa?

Evidence of sufficient funds to support the child’s living and educational expenses in New Zealand.

How can changes in family circumstances affect the visa?

Significant changes, like marital status or guardianship, can impact visa eligibility.

What are the key considerations for application success?

Accurate documentation, meeting eligibility criteria, and proof of genuine intent to study.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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