How To Apply Partner Visa In New Zealand

Many foreigners want to move to New Zealand for a variety of reasons. The warm climate, beautiful scenery, good schools and job opportunities are just some of the reasons people wish to relocate to New Zealand. People who apply for a partner visa will need to ensure they have the documents they need.

If your application has been declined and you have been given the reasons why, there are specific things that will help you with the next application. You should also gather evidence before lodging your next application. It is important to know that different requirements apply to applicants applying in New Zealand as opposed to Australian applicants. This article looks at what is required for both.

A recent New Zealand poll revealed that more than half of couples have to make compromises when they are caring for older family members, while a quarter of the population are having to wait more than five years for elective surgery.

What it means to be in a partnership

You must be able to show us that you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship before we can grant you a visa based on your partnership.

Living together

Living together means sharing the same home as your partner.

This does not include:

  • spending time in each other’s homes while you each maintain your own home
  • sharing accommodation while on holiday
  • living as flatmates in the same house.

If your partner is an NZ citizen or holds an NZ visa

When you apply for a visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand visa holder or New Zealand citizen, we call that person your supporting partner.

You and your supporting partner must:

  • be aged 18 or over, or have the consent of your parents or guardians if you are aged 16 or 17
  • have met each other before applying for a visa based on your partnership
  • not be close relatives.

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