NEW ZEALAND VISITOR VISAS

New Zealand Visitor Visas are for tourism, visiting friends and family, business visits, and for relatives of eligible work and student visa holders. 

THE NEW ZEALAND VISITOR VISAS

The Visitor Visa lets tourists travel to and holiday in New Zealand. Visa holders can also study and job hunt or attend a job interview while in the country.

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The Business Visitor Visa lets visa holders visit New Zealand for business purposes. 

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The Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa lets eligible applicants visit their children and grandchildren in New Zealand. Visa holders can visit for up to six months at a time, with a maximum total stay of 18 months in three years.

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The Child Of A Worker Visitor Visa lets the dependent children of eligible work visa holders visit them in New Zealand.

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The Partner of a Student Visitor Visa lets visa holders visit New Zealand if they have a partner who is studying in New Zealand.

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The Child of a Student Visitor Visa lets the dependent children of Student Visa holders visit them in New Zealand.

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MORE ABOUT VISITOR VISAS

Let’s take a closer look at New Zealand’s visitor visas:

THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Each visitor visa has a unique set of criteria. These are the main requirements:

  • Visitor Visa: The purpose of the visit must be tourism or visiting friends and family, and applicants must have enough money to live on while in New Zealand or have an eligible sponsor.
  • Business Visitor Visa: The trip must be for business purposes, and the applicant must have money to support themselves while in New Zealand or the financial support of their employer.
  • Partner and Grandparent Visitor Visa: Applicants must have sponsorship from their child or grandchild or the parent of the child or grandchild.
  • Child Of A Worker Visitor Visa: The child must be younger than 19 and have a parent with an eligible work visa
  • Partner of a Student Visitor Visa: The applicant must have a partner that holds a Student Visa and have enough money to live on while in New Zealand or have an eligible sponsor.
  • Child of a Student Visitor Visa: The child must be younger than 19 and have a parent with a Student Visa.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FAMILY VISA:

To apply for a visitor visa, applicants will start by gathering the required documents. 

These documents could be, for example, sponsorship forms completed by the New Zealand relative or visa holder, sponsorship forms from the applicant’s employer,  police checks, and health exams. 

Once the applicant has gathered all the required documents, they can submit their visa application. 

The applicant can compile and submit their application on their own or with the help of a licensed immigration advisor.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Visitor Visa allows you to visit New Zealand for up to nine months in an 18-month period, while the Business Visitor Visa allows stays of up to three months.

The validity periods of the rest of the visitor visas are as follows:

  • Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa: Visa holders can visit for up to six months at a time, with a maximum total stay of 18 months in three years.
  • Child of a Worker Visitor Visa: The visa holder can join their parent in New Zealand for the duration of their work visa.
  • Partner of a Student Visitor Visa: The visa holder can join their partner in New Zealand for the duration of their student visa.
  • Child of a Student Visitor Visa: The visa holder can join their parent in New Zealand for the duration of their student visa.

Eligible family members can sponsor visitor visas for overseas relatives. In the case of a Business Visitor Visa, the employer is the sponsor. 

Generally speaking, it’s a child that’s 17 or younger or 18 or 19 with no children of their own and financially reliant on their parents.

While Visitor Visa holders can look for work or attend a job interview when they’re in New Zealand, they cannot change their visa to a work visa in New Zealand. The Visitor Visa holder must return to their home country to apply for a work visa.

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