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Bring Your Family To New Zealand

If your partner, child, or grandchildren already reside in New Zealand holding a valid visa, you may be able to apply for a Family Visa.

Depending on the type of visa you want to apply for, you can either visit, work, or study in the country. After some time, you can submit an application to become a permanent resident.

For more information on the types of family reunification visas that are available. Speak to an immigration expert who can fill you in on the details. Contact Total Law at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or visit us online and leave a message, we’ll get back to you to discuss your requirements.

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    What Is A Family Visa For New Zealand?

    A New Zealand Family Visa allows residents or citizens to bring close family members, including spouses, children, parents, and grandparents to live in the country. It aims to reunite families by enabling those who already have a valid visa to sponsor them for residency.

    The visa does come with several eligibility criteria that applicants and sponsors must fulfil. These can include, you must hold a visa which allows family sponsorship. Be related to the applicant and provide proof of this relationship.

    In terms of financial requirements, you need to show that you can afford to support them and you and the applicant must meet the good health and character requirements.

    There are several types of family visas available in New Zealand, each has its own eligibility requirements and rules. They include:

    • Partner Visa is for your spouse, civil partner, or de facto partner
    • Parent Visa is for your parents or parents-in-law
    • Child Visa is for any dependent children
    • Other Family Visas: Grandparents, siblings, nieces/nephews

    New Zealand’s Family Visas enable you and your family members to bond and build fond memories while in the country. Living together can help to foster closer relationships and help when emotional support is needed. Depending on the visa, they can access education, healthcare, and work.

    If you need guidance on whether you qualify for New Zealand Family Visas, the immigration lawyers at Total Law can help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can answer any questions you might have. Contact our team at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or connect online.

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    What Are The Criteria For Sponsoring Family Visas For New Zealand?


    To qualify for a Family Resident Visa, you must be the legal relation, or guardian of the person already a citizen or resident of New Zealand.

    When sponsoring a family member, you must fulfil these requirements. Firstly, you must provide your latest financial statements showing you earn or have enough money in the bank to financially support your family members who you are applying for.

    You must also:

    • Have a visa which allows you to sponsor a family member
    • Be related to the applicant, such a spouse, child, parent, or grandparent
    • Be of good character with no criminal history or previous immigration issues

    The income you have available must be enough to maintain all of the living expenses for your family, including food, providing stable accommodation, utilities, and other living expenses.

    In addition to those requirements, you must be able to provide evidence that the applicant is in good health and of good character, references may be requested.

    The family members must have a valid health insurance certificate that covers both public and private hospital treatment in New Zealand.

    Documents Required To Apply

    Before starting an application, you must prepare the following documents. If applicable, you’ll also need to provide your valid passport, marriage or birth certificate.

    The full list of documents that you’ll need to provide include:

    • A valid passport and immigration documents, your visa or permit
    • Copies of birth certificates and marriage certificates
    • Latest bank statements, payslips or tax returns
    • Proof of accommodation for your family members
    • If applicable, medical certificates for your family members
    • Depending on the visa, you may have to provide a partnership agreement, or child adoption documents
    • Witness statements from friends, family, or community members confirming your relationship with the person who is applying

    Depending on the nationality of the family member, they may have to carry out an English language skills test. It is a requirement if they eventually apply to become permanent residents.

    What Is The Application Process For A Family Visa and How Long Does It Take?

    To apply for a Family Resident Visa to come to New Zealand, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Determine The Visa Type

    First step is to identify your family member’s relationship to you to understand which type of Family Visa you need to apply for.

    Research each visa type’s specific requirements and eligibility criteria. Pay close attention to financial thresholds, documents, and other requirements.

    Step 2: Gather your documents

    Before starting your application, gather the necessary documents. These will vary depending on the type of family visa you want to apply for. The general documents will include passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and making sure these are up to date.

    Also prepare your:

    • Financial Documents
    • Proof of Accommodation
    • Medical Certificates

    Step 3: Apply online for the visa

    To apply for a Family Visa in New Zealand, you need to fill out the online application form, you’ll find this at the Immigration New Zealand website.

    You will need to create an account and then choose the visa. It is important that you take your time when filling out the forms, making sure the information you provide is accurate.

    After completing the forms you are required to upload your documents in the correct format. Double-check everything before submitting it.

    Step 4: Pay the visa application fees

    Once you’ve completed the form and uploaded your documents, you will need to pay the visa application fee, the costs of an application will vary depending on which visa you apply for.

    The visa fees range from NZD $211 to NZD $5260 per applicant.

    Step : Wait for a decision

    After completing your application, you’ll need to wait for a decision, if you have done everything right you can expect to receive it within 2-3 months time.

    The length of time it takes can sometimes vary, this can depend on the visa type you’ve applied for, the complexity of your application, and the current workload of the immigration authorities.

    Once it has been processed, they will contact you with their decision. If they request further information make sure to be prompt in your reply, so as not to add more time.

    If successful, you will be notified of where and when to pick up your documents.

    If you need guidance in applying for your family to go to New Zealand, reach out to us today. Contact Us

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      How Much Does A Family Visa Application Cost?

      The fees associated with New Zealand’s visa for families can vary based on the type of visa you are applying for and the number of family members.

      The costs for commonly applied for Family Visas are:

      • New Zealand Visitor Visa fee: NZD $211
      • Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa fee: NZD $211
      • Partner of a New Zealand Work Visa fee: NZD $860
      • Partner of a New Zealand Resident Visa fee: NZD $2750
      • Partner of Student Work Visa fee: NZD $700
      • Parent Retirement Resident Visa fee: NZD $5260
      • Child of a Student Visitor Visa fee: NZD $211
      • Guardian of a Student Visitor Visa fee: NZD $211
      • Dependent Child Resident Visa fee: NZD $2750
      • Dependent Child Student Visa fee: NZD $375
      • Child of Military Visitor Visa fee: NZD $211

      For more information on the costs of other family visas, visit the official website of New Zealand Immigration. Or reach out to an immigration expert like Total Law.
      In addition to the visa fees, other charges to consider include:

      • Medical examinations, if applicable
      • The cost for your police check certificate
      • Document translation services, if required
      • Legal advice, from expert law firms like Total Law

      For expert assistance applying for visas in the parent retirement category. Contact the team at Total Law today. Call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or connect with us online.

      When To Seek Help With Your Family Visa Application

      New Zealand’s Family Resident Visa application process can be complex, time consuming and stressful if you do not understand how to apply. Here are some scenarios where seeking professional assistance might be helpful:

      • If your family structure involves blended families, or adoptions
      • If you have limited knowledge of immigration laws
      • If you or your family members have previous visa rejections
      • If sponsored family members have health conditions requiring different documents
      • If communication with the immigration authorities presents difficulties
      • If you have limited time to prepare an application due to work or other commitments

      Expert immigration lawyers have a complete understanding of the immigration laws. They can advise on the most suitable visa option for you and your family. Help you with completing forms, gather the documents and evidence and ensure you meet the visa requirements.

      When dealing with immigration law firms it is important that you check the qualifications and experience they have. They should be able to address the questions you might have.

      Without expert guidance, you may face issues which could lead to your application being rejected. Some common challenges and complications include:

      • Incomplete or inaccurate applications, which can lead to delays
      • Not properly demonstrating the income that the visa requires
      • Not revealing medical conditions, some require additional documentation
      • Not properly addressing criminal history or past immigration problems
      • Not providing proof of genuine relationships, especially for non-traditional families

      For expert assistance applying for visas in the family category. Contact the team at Total Law today. Call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or connect with us online.

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      Duration Of Stay On A Family Visa

      New Zealand’s Family Visas have varying validity periods, and it depends on the type you’ve applied for. As an example, the family visa for partners is granted for up to 2-years and after fulfilling the requirements of the visa for 4 years, it can lead to permanent residency.

      The typical duration for other Family visas:

      • New Zealand Visitor Visa is valid for 6 to 9 months
      • Child of Worker Visitor Visa is valid for the length of the Work Visa
      • Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa is valid for 18 months
      • Parent Resident Visa for retirees is valid indefinitely
      • Child of a Student Visitor Visa is valid for length of the student visa
      • Guardian of a Student Visitor Visa is valid for length of the student visa
      • Dependent Child Resident Visa is valid indefinitely
      • Dependent Child Student Visa is valid same as parents visa
      • Child of Military Visitor Visa is valid the same as a military visa

      Some Family Visas might also have travel restrictions during the first few years.

      We can provide experienced and professional help, throughout your family visa application process. Contact Us

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        Extending Or Renewing A Visa

        You can apply for an extension if you continue to meet the criteria set out by New Zealand’s immigration authorities. You must apply before the expiration date, this can be done online at the website of NZ immigration, and you’ll need to provide updated documents.

        Renewing a visa is also possible, the process is similar to extending it, but only applies when your current visa has expired. In this case, you’ll need to check the conditions of the visa you have to check if it can be renewed. These can be found online, they will also be in the letter they send you at the time of approval.

        To process of renewing or extending a visa is as follows:

        1. Gather up to date documents
        2. Apply online at Immigration New Zealand
        3. Complete the application form
        4. Pay the application fee
        5. Submit your application

        To avoid any issues when seeking a renewal or extension, you must continue to comply with all of the laws and regulations in New Zealand. Making sure that you meet the income requirements and your documents are up to date.

        It is also worth mentioning, renewals do not guarantee permanent residency unless it has been specified for the type of visa you’re applying for.

        Transitioning from one visa category to another is also a possibility. It allows those who already have valid visas to transition from one visa to another. However, it may have different eligibility criteria and other requirements to the visa you already hold.

        Like with all visas, you must continue to comply with the conditions of it, and obey the law while in the country.

        Making sure to apply for any extensions or transitions is legally done and before your current visa expires. Failing to this could result in you being fined or even deported.

        Work Opportunities On A Family Visa

        Most Family Visas don’t allow the visa holder to work and earn money while in the country. However, there are some exceptions for when work is allowed, such as self-employment and volunteering work is OK. It also depends on the type of family visa you hold.

        For instance, the New Zealand Partner Visa doesn’t allow you to work initially, but after living in the country for 12 months, you can apply for an open work visa.

        The Parent Visa generally doesn’t allow work either, unless the work has been approved beforehand. On a Child Visa you cannot work unless you have a separate work visa.

        Other visa work restrictions vary, if you need more information check the official immigration NZ website. Alternatively, reach out to an immigration lawyer like Total law.

        Applying For A Work Visa

        If your visa allows sponsorship, you can sponsor your family member for a separate work visa. When doing so, it is important to adhere to all employment rights set out by the labour laws, and regulations related to wages, working hours, and health and safety standards.

        In terms of changing jobs or employers while on a family-sponsored work permit in New Zealand, there are some important guidelines on how this process should be handled.

        • You must notify Immigration New Zealand of any job changes within 28 days
        • Your visa might require amendment for new employment, especially if sponsored
        • You must comply with the new conditions imposed due to the change in employment

        Study Opportunities On A New Zealand Family Visa

        While most of New Zealand’s Family Visas are for family reunion purposes, there are some that offer the opportunity to study. This includes, registering in a primary school, college or a university and pursuing diplomas, degrees, or vocational courses.

        The Family Visas that permit study include:

        • The Partner Visa allows full-time study, after living together for 12 months
        • The Parent Visa only offers limited part-time study
        • Child Visa holders allow the holder to study full-time

        For all other Family Visas, study opportunities can vary, so it may be a good idea to check the immigration NZ website for more details on which visas offer this opportunity.

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        Applying for a visa to live in New Zealand with your family members can be a complex and stressful process, if you are unsure about the requirements. There are many different family visas, each with their own eligibility criteria that you must meet before you can apply.

        Getting expert legal guidance can help ensure your visa application is accurate, meets the requirements, and leads to approval. The immigration law firm Total Law has a huge amount of experience assisting people worldwide with immigration matters.

        We can help you:

        • Review your situation and advise which family visa is best for you
        • Gather the documents and evidence needed to apply
        • Check if your documents meet immigration standards
        • If it gets declined, we can help you submit an appeal
        • Help you apply for visa extensions or transitions to other visas

        Our expert immigration lawyers stay up-to-date on any changes to New Zealand’s visa policies. We can ensure your application fully complies with current regulations. Contact the team at Total Law today. Call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or connect with us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  If you wish to bring any of your family members to New Zealand, it can be a complicated process. There are several types of visas you can apply for, each with their own eligibility criteria that you’ll need to meet. Which also includes submitting a list of identity and financial documents, this takes time and effort. Reaching out for immigration advice from the experts at Total Law can help ensure your visa application is done right.

                  If you marry a New Zealand citizen, you may become eligible for permanent residency through family visas. It does require you to prove your relationship to them is genuine and stable according to the immigration guidelines in New Zealand.

                  The processing time for a Family Visa application varies depending on factors like the type of visa applied for and the completeness of your submission. Typically, processing times range from several weeks to several months.