Student Visas For Dependent Children

Student Visas for Dependent Children

Your Dependent Children (please see who is considered to be dependent) may be eligible for student visas and treated as domestic students for study at primary and secondary schools. For study at a university or any other tertiary level educational institution, holders of New Zealand student visas will be deemed as international students with the relevant conditions applicable.

New Zealand Student Visas for Dependent Children of Work Visa holders

  • Holders of some Work Visas may support their children to obtain Student Visas for the purposes of study at primary and secondary schools, and their children will be regarded as domestic, with the relevant tuition fees applicable accordingly (for example, Work to Residence categories, with the same health and character requirements imposed as when applying for Residence Class visas);
  • If you hold a New Zealand Essential Skills Work Visa, your ability to support your children will depend on whether your gross income equals or exceeds NZ$43,322.76;
  • If eligible as above, the application procedure is simplified as compared to other student visas in the sense that
    • No offer of place or confirmation of enrolment may be needed;
    • Maintenance fees evidence and the need to show suitable accommodation is available may be waived, as this will usually be covered by the income of the parent who is on a work visa.

New Zealand Student Visas for Dependent Children of some Student Visa holders

  • Your children may apply for student visas based on their relationship with you;
  • They will be viewed as domestic students with the relevant tuition fees applicable for study at primary and secondary schools;
  • The above only refers dependent children
    • if one of their parents is in New Zealand for an approved student exchange scheme,
    • is enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in a university in New Zealand, or
    • holds a New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship.