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Partner Visa


This is a visa designed for a partner or spouse of a New Zealand resident or citizen. This will allow you permanent residency. You can then live, work and study in New Zealand. You are able to include dependent children up to and including the age of 24, with this application.



If you are a partner of a New Zealand Citizen or resident, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be in a stable and genuine partnership.
  • You and your partner have been living with each other.
  • You will have to meet the character and health requirements. These could involve both medical and police checks.
  • You partner must be supporting you.
  • Your partner is eligible and can support your application.

An Australian permanent resident or citizen can also apply for this scheme. However, you need to show that New Zealand is your primarily based in New Zealand.


Temporary Visa

You can with your partner on a temporary visa. This is usually for periods between 12 and 24 months.


Partnership: Definition

In New Zealand a partnership can be defined as being with the opposite sex or the same sex. This has to be shown to be a stable and genuine relationship. The partnership can be a legal civil or religious marriage, a civil union or a “de facto “ relationship.

Your partner who is either a New Zealand Citizen or resident, is known as the “supporting partner’, in your visa application.

You must be both 18 years old or older. If you are between the ages of 16 and 17, you need the consent of your either your parents or your guardians. You should have formed your partnership before the application. You must not be close relatives. For a further definition of this please get in contact with Visa Emperor.

You will have to show the New Zealand immigration authorities that you have been living together. These do not include flat mate arrangements, going on holiday together or visiting each other’s homes.

You will have to show how long you have been living together. What kind of living arrangements you may have had. What shared financial commitments you have had. You own shared property or processions. You share the responsibility of raising your children. Other people see you as a partnership.

Examples of these include:

  • You have been imprisoned for five years or more for an offense.
  • You have been excluded or deported from another country.
  • You are considered a security risk.


Evidence of a Partnership

This could include joint bank accounts, email records, photographs together, joint utility bills and accounts, and joint credit card accounts.


Character Requirements

These could include police certificates from your home country. Along with any general criminal offenses, sexual offenses and domestic violence will automatically halt any visa application. A character waiver may be possible, depending upon how serious the case was, the number of offenses and how long ago the offense was committed.


Visa Process

There are a number of visas that include a partner as part of the visa application, an example of this is the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. Information on a partner’s educational level, and employment history can also be added to the New Zealand point score system as part of an overall visa application. This is again something can help you with.



For more clarification and help with any of these matters, then please get in contact with Visa Emperor.


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