Of course you can! Most doctors who come to work in New Zealand bring their families with them and it provides a wonderful opportunity to experience a different and enriching way of life. It is safe and clean in New Zealand and the schools have a high standard of education.
Partners and dependents of work visa holders are generally eligible for their own visas but dependent upon the main applicant and their employment based work visa.
- Partners can opt for either a visitor visa or work visa. Work visas are open and permit work for any employer.
- Dependents of school age (5-18) are eligible for student visas and are treated as domestic students. Dependents under 5 are eligible for a visitor visa
- Dependents over the age of 18 wishing to attend tertiary education are required to apply in their own right as an international student, or they can apply for a visitor visa but will not be able to work.
If applying for residence through the skilled migrant category the whole family can be included in the application, including any dependent children up to the age of 24 (as long as they are single with no children of their own and wholly or substantial dependent upon their parents.