- Dependent children of eligible work visa holders will gain access to post-secondary education
The government of New Zealand will allow dependent children of eligible Residence Visa applicants to access tertiary education as domestic students while a dependent 2021 Resident Visa is processed beginning January 1, 2022. The one-off Residence Visa pathway was introduced on September 29, 2021, for eligible temporary visa holders and select Critical Purpose Visitor visa holders. Under this update, the definition of a domestic tertiary student for the 2022 and 2023 academic years has been extended to include individuals meeting the following conditions:
- Reside in New Zealand
- Are 25 years of age or under on January 1, 2022
- Dependent children of those who are on eligible work visas for the 2021 Resident Visa
- Held the visa on September 29. 2021, OR
- Hold a Critical Worker Visa that was granted before July 31, 2022
Eligible students will also need to hold a Student Visa with conditions to study as domestic tertiary students.
What are the Changes?
The government of New Zealand will allow dependent children of individuals holding eligible work visas for the 2021 Resident Visa pathway to benefit from domestic tertiary student status for the academic year of 2022 through 2023.
The government of New Zealand is expected to release further information in the coming weeks. Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website for additional information and updates.
Source: New Zealand Immigration