What is a Guardian Visa?
A Guardian Visa or 陪读签证 is a special multiple entry visitor visa
category for the legal guardians of young foreign fee paying
students. This visa category allows for one legal guardian per
family to accompany the student visa holders of that family to New
Zealand and to care for them on a day to day basis. Usually, the
guardian visa will be for the same period as the student visa held
by the student that the guardian will be accompanying.
For the purpose of this visa category, a 'legal guardian' is a
person who has the legal right and responsibility to care for the
student visa holder and is the person who actually provides the
care for the student visa holder in their home country. This can
include the student's biological or adoptive parents, testamentary
guardians, or court-appointed guardians. The holder of the student
visa must also be either 17 years or younger, or enrolled in school
A guardian visa applicant must be of good health and good
character, provide evidence of onward travel arrangements (or
demonstrate sufficient funds for the purchase of onward travel
tickets), and provide evidence of sufficient funds for maintenance
and accommodation (at least NZ$1,000 per month or NZ$400 per month
if accommodation has been prepaid).
Can I work or study while on a Guardian
Immigration New Zealand provides guardian visa holders with an
option to carry out part-time study or part-time work between the
hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm, from Monday to Friday. This is NOT an
automatic right. A guardian visa holder must apply for a Variation
of Conditions (this will include completing an application form, an
application fee and also providing supporting evidence) before
starting their new part-time job or study.
The immigration team at Sharp Tudhope understands that not all
cases are straight forward, if you require assistance please feel
free to contact our immigration team.