Family Visas


Joining family in New Zealand or bringing your family members here to start your next chapter together is an exciting decision, and there is a long list of options to make it a reality.

Visitor, Worker and Residence Visas are potential options based on your relationship to a temporary work visa holder or a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Types of Family Visas



If your partnership satisfies the conditions of Immigration New Zealand, for example the length of time you’ve lived together and the stability of your relationship, you can apply for your own visa.  

A critical part of this visa is being able to prove you are living in a genuine relationship. This sounds easy but is actually one of the most complex parts of most partnership visa applications. 

Our professional help can avoid your application being declined and can assist you to head to residence on a smooth pathway. 

If your relationship is new or you haven’t lived together, perhaps for cultural or religious reasons, these applications are best completed with a Licensed Immigration Adviser. 


Dependent children  

New Zealand is a wonderful option for raising your family. Your children may be eligible for a student or visitor visa, or even residence. Their age and other factors will guide us in helping you achieve the best visa for your dependents.

You can learn more about Student Visas for Dependent Children here.

Parents and Grandparents

Bringing your parents to New Zealand is the dream of many families. It can be a difficult path and; right now, the main resident visa category for parents is closed. Alternative investor options are available such as the Parent Retirement Resident visa and the Temporary Retirement Visitor visa . These require a specific financial investment in NZ, talk to us about how this could work for your family.  

The Parent and Grandparent Visitor visa allows your family to visit you for up to six months at a time, with a maximum stay of 18 months within a three-year period.  This option often works well for young families and when longer but temporary visits are preferred.  

We work with you to identify the best visa; crafting an application to meet all the requirements so that your family can be together.  

Note: General Parent Category visas are closed indefinitely at the moment. If and when they reopen we are hopeful that parents an adult New Zealand citizen or resident child who earns enough and agrees to sponsor you may be able to live in New Zealand permanently.Contact us to learn more about the latest news for this category.    



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  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

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    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

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