Guardian Visitor Visa

The objective of the Guardian Visa is to allow one parent (legal guardian) of minor children who are in New Zealand on a student visa, to care for their child during the duration of their studies.

Minor children are those children who are not yet 18 years of age.

The holder of a Guardian Visa will become liable for deportation if the child holding a student visa becomes liable for deportation.  Similarly, the child holding a student visa may also become liable for deportation if the parent holding a Guardian Visa becomes liable for deportation.

The holder Guardian Visa must at all times live in New Zealand with their minor children who are a  holding a student visa.  If this condition is breached, the parent and the student could become liable for deportation.

A ‘legal guardian’ is defined as the person:

  • With the legal right and responsibility to provide for the care (including education and health) of an international student. This includes the student’s biological or adoptive parents, testamentary guardian, or court-appointed guardian; and 
  • Is the person who provides for the care of the student in the student’s home country.

Successful applicants will be granted a multiple entry visitor visa valid for the same period as the student visa held by the student(s) they are accompanying.

Applicants for a visitor visa under these instructions must have funds of at least NZ$1,000 per month for maintenance and accommodation, or NZ$400 per month if their accommodation has been prepaid, plus provide evidence of travel tickets or sufficient funds to purchase of onward travel tickets.

Applicants must meet health and character requirements for temporary entry.

The holder of a Guardian visa may on application be granted the right to work or study part-time between the hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm Monday to Friday.