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The Dependent Child Resident Visa offers a pivotal opportunity for children of New Zealand citizens or residents to join their families in New Zealand. Recognizing the importance of family unity, this visa category facilitates the residency of these children, ensuring they can enjoy the benefits of living in a stable, nurturing environment.


This visa aims to reunite families in New Zealand, allowing children to live with their parents and partake in the lifestyle and opportunities New Zealand offers. It’s a commitment to family values, ensuring children have the support and guidance of their parents during crucial developmental years.

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  • Family Unity: Promotes the psychological and emotional well-being of children by uniting them with their parents.
  • Educational Opportunities: Access to New Zealand’s high-quality education system, from primary through tertiary levels.
  • Healthcare Access: Eligibility for New Zealand’s healthcare system, providing comprehensive medical care.
  • Cultural Integration: Opportunity for children to integrate into New Zealand’s diverse and inclusive society.

Criteria for Dependent Child Resident Visa


Eligibility Requirements

  • Dependency Proof: Demonstrating the child’s reliance on the parent, particularly for those in the 17-24 age group.
  • Age Limit: Typically under 24 years. Specific documentation is required for those aged 17-24 to prove they’re still dependent.
  • Health and Character: Compliance with New Zealand’s health and character standards, ensuring the child’s well-being and suitability.

Documentation Needed

  • Relationship Proof: Birth certificates, adoption papers, or legal documents confirming the parent-child relationship.
  • Dependency Evidence: For older children, financial records, school enrollment, and living situation documents.
  • Health Checks: Comprehensive medical assessments as per New Zealand’s health requirements.
  • Character Certification: Police certificates or other relevant documents to fulfill character requirements.

Other Considerations

  • Financial Stability: Evidence of the parent’s ability to financially support the child in New Zealand.
  • Accommodation Arrangements: Proof of suitable living arrangements in New Zealand.

If you’re considering applying for a Dependent Child Resident Visa, get in touch with one of our friendly consultants via email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality!

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Process for Dependent Child Resident Visa at ICL Immigration

Initial Consultation

Understand the eligibility and requirements with ICL's expert guidance.

Service Agreement

Engage ICL for comprehensive support throughout the visa process.

Document Preparation

Prepare and compile all necessary documents under ICL's assistance.

Application Submission

ICL submits the application on your behalf to Immigration New Zealand.

Monitoring and Communication

Regular updates on the application status and communication with Immigration New Zealand.

Visa Outcome

Guidance on next steps after visa approval or in case of decline.

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What is a Dependent Child Resident Visa?

It's a visa for children of New Zealand citizens or residents, allowing them to live as residents in New Zealand.

Who qualifies as a dependent child?

Generally, children under 24 years who rely on their parent(s) for financial support. Specific conditions apply for those aged 17-24.

What are the age requirements for this visa?

Children up to 24 years can apply, but those aged 17-24 must meet additional criteria to prove their dependency.

Do I need to prove my relationship with my child?

Yes, documentation such as birth certificates is required to establish the parent-child relationship.

What are the health and character requirements?

Applicants must undergo health assessments and provide police certificates to meet New Zealand’s health and character standards.

Is there a language requirement for children?

Generally, no. But if the child is of school-going age, proficiency in English helps with their education.

Can my child work or study in New Zealand on this visa?

Yes, they can attend school and, depending on their age, may be eligible to work.

How long does it take to process this visa?

Processing times vary. It’s best to check with Immigration New Zealand or consult with ICL Immigration for current estimates.

Can I include my child in my residency application?

Yes, dependent children can be included in your residency application.

What if my child is adopted or a stepchild?

Adopted and stepchildren are eligible, but additional documentation may be required to prove the relationship's legal status.

How can I prove my child's dependency if they are over 17?

Evidence can include financial records, educational enrollment, and living arrangements demonstrating the child's reliance on you.

What happens if my child turns 24 during the application process?

If the application is lodged before the child turns 24, they are still considered under the dependent child category.

Can my child apply for permanent residency in the future?

Yes, holding a Dependent Child Resident Visa can be a pathway to permanent residency.

Are there any special considerations for children with disabilities?

Yes, special considerations may apply. It's important to provide detailed medical information and any relevant supporting documents.

What if my visa application for my child is declined?

You will receive a detailed explanation from Immigration New Zealand. ICL Immigration can assist in understanding the reasons for the decision and advise on possible next steps.

Are adopted children eligible for this visa?

Yes, adopted children are eligible, provided the legal adoption papers are in order.

Can children over 17 work in New Zealand on this visa?

Yes, children over a certain age can work, subject to the conditions of their visa.

What if my child has special educational needs?

New Zealand offers support for children with special needs, and this should be discussed as part of the visa application process.

Is there a quota for the number of these visas issued annually?

There's no specific quota, but applications are subject to standard immigration checks and balances.

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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