What is a Dependent Child Student Visa?

The Dependent Child Student Visa lets kids of parents with New Zealand work or student visas study in Kiwi schools without paying international fees. It matches the length of the parent’s visa, keeping families together while children get their education.

Age Limit

Must be 19 years old or under

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $375

Processing Time

Around 8 weeks for 80% applications

Who is Eligible?

Applicants whose parents hold a valid New Zealand Work or Student Visa are eligible.

Benefits of the Dependent Child Student Visa

  • School Opportunity: Kids can attend primary or high school.
  • Local Status: They’re considered domestic students, so no international fees.
  • Family Together: Parents and kids can stay united while the parent’s visa is valid.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Application Requirements

If you’re interested in applying for a Dependent Child Student Visa, learn about the following requirements needed from applicants.

ID proof

Your child’s government-issued identity proof documents that are valid at the time of application.

Character and Health Checks

Prove they’re healthy and good kids through a health checkup and police clearance.

Financial Dependency

Show that they rely on their parents for money.

Parent’s Status

Proof that the parent’s visa in New Zealand is valid.

What is the Application Process?

Understand the application process for the Dependent Child Student Visa.

Eligibility Check

Make sure you qualify and get your documents together.


Collect detailed identity, health, character, and dependency proofs ready.


Apply online on the portal or at the application centre.

Keep Track

Check application status and answer any questions immigration authorities might ask.

Important Rules:

  1. Study Limitations: If you’re planning for tertiary education like a college, you need another visa.
  2. Travel: Must have valid travel permissions to let you come back to New Zealand if you go overseas.

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Dependent Child Student Visa Process at ICL

We at ICL Immigration, know it can be hard to navigate the journey for the Dependent Child Student Visa Process. Which is why we offer a tried and tested step-by-step method to help you get your visa without much hassle and stress.

Step 1: First Consultation

We’ll chat to see if you qualify and understand what this visa needs. We’ll outline the steps ahead.

Step 2: Gather Documents

We’ll help you collect papers like proof of relationship and money dependence, and the parent’s valid visa details. We’ll also sort out health and character checks for you.

Step 3: Get Ready to Apply

We’ll assist you in getting all your visa application paperwork organised and ready. Everything needs to be correct according to New Zealand’s rules.

Step 4: Application Submission and Follow-Up

We’ll send your application to Immigration New Zealand. We’ll keep in touch with immigration officers to handle any questions and add more info if needed.

Step 5: Visa Decision and Next Steps

If your visa is approved, we’ll guide you on what to do next. This includes getting set for your child’s move to New Zealand and understanding their visa rules.


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What is a Dependent Child Student Visa?

Allows children of work or student visa holders to study in primary or secondary schools in New Zealand as domestic students.

Who is eligible for the Dependent Child Student Visa?

Children aged 19 or under whose parents hold valid work or student visas in New Zealand.

What are the key benefits of this visa?

Children can study as domestic students without international fees and live with their parents in New Zealand.

How long does it take to process this visa?

Approximately 80% of applications are processed within 8 weeks.

What is the cost of the Dependent Child Student Visa?

The application starts from NZD 375.

What documents are required for the Dependent Child Student Visa?

You must provide proof of identity, proof of your parent's visa status, health and character certificates, and evidence of financial dependency.

Can a child with this visa later apply for a tertiary education visa?

Upon reaching tertiary education age, they would need to apply for a specific student visa suitable for higher education.

Are there any restrictions on travel for children on this visa?

If they leave, children must have valid multiple-entry travel conditions to re-enter New Zealand.

What happens if the parent's visa status changes?

Any change in the parent's visa status can affect the validity of the child's student visa.

Can siblings apply together for the Dependent Child Student Visa?

Yes, siblings can apply together, but each child must individually meet all the visa requirements.

What if the visa application is denied?

ICL Immigration can assist in understanding the reasons for denial and exploring options for re-application or appeal.

How can I ensure the success of my child's visa application?

Ensure all documents are complete and accurate, follow the guidelines provided by ICL Immigration, and submit the application well within the required timeframe.

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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