Dependent children aged 24 years or younger can be granted residence if either included in their parents' residence application or by making a Dependent Child residence application in their own right.
There are a number of criteria that need to be met, depending on the age and circumstances of the child but in all cases the child must be single and have no children of their own. Depending on their age, they may need to meet English language requirements and prove that they are substantially financially dependent on an adult.
If the child is under 16 years of age and the biological parents are not both New Zealanders or applicants to become New Zealand residents, special "custody" rules appy which need careful consideration.
Adoption of childen is another matter subject to specific rules which can be difficult to meet.
Different rules apply to dependent children applying for temporary visas - the age cut off in that case is 19 years and the child must be in school, not in higher education. For families with teenage children about to leave or who have already left school, care needs to be given to planning their move while you transition to residence visas.
At Into NZ we can advise whether your child meets the "dependency" criteria for residence and/or temporary entry. Contact us today for access to expert advice.