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Current Partnership-Based Visa Instruction for The Partners of New Zealand Citizens and Residents When The Borders are Closed

Current Partnership

New Zealand border restrictions have kept many souls apart and this is a grim situation for the couples. But the situation is getting better for the couples staying miles apart because New Zealand borders are re-opened to those who are planning to reunite with their offshore partners. Hence, a celebratory moment for the ones who are living away from their families.

Eligibility Criteria

Immigration New Zealand instruction states that you may be eligible for the partnership-based visa if

• your New Zealand partner is eligible to support your application; and
• you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship; and
• your partnership meets the Immigration NZ’s minimum requirement for the recognition of partnership; and
health and character requirements are met.

Partnership- based Visa categories

Culturally Arrange marriage – Temporary visitor visa

This category is for those who have married overseas to a New Zealand citizen or resident but were not able to live together after marriage due to work commitments. You must apply under this category within 3 months from the date of your wedding. To be eligible for this visa you must be able to demonstrate that the marriage follows an identified & recognized cultural tradition. You are also required to provide verifiable documentary evidence to show that you have a genuine intent to live together in a stable relationship.

Partner of New Zealander – Temporary Visitor or work visa

This requires you and your New Zealander partner to be living together in a genuine and stable relationship. You are required to provide verifiable documentary evidence to show that you meet the living together requirement. Based on the duration of your relationship/living together, you would be eligible for a visitor or work visa.

Partner of New Zealander – Resident Visa (Onshore and offshore applicants)

This requires you and your New Zealand partner to be living together in a genuine and stable relationship for at least twelve months at the time of lodgement of your application. You are required to provide documentary evidence for a minimum of 12 months to show that you meet the living together requirement.

Critical Purpose Visitor Visa (Border exemption) Offshore applicants

As per the criteria, citizens of ‘visa waiver’ countries are mandated to meet few policies, including living together in genuine and stable relationship criteria. For the ‘non-visa waiver’ countries the applicants should be ordinarily resident in New Zealand or traveling with their New Zealand partners.

Common Factors considered by Immigration Officers

● Genuineness of the relationship
● Duration and stability of the relationship
● Financial dependence/interdependence
● Future commitment towards the relationship
● Children together and their care-taking arrangements
● Public recognition of the relationship
● Intentions for entering into the relationship
● Commitment to a shared life

The most common reason for not receiving a partnership visa

• INZ is not satisfied that you are in a genuine and stable relationship with a New Zealand citizen/resident.
• There are outstanding Bona fides/Character issues/Health issues.

These situations demand a well-skilled and informed expert who can assure your visa approval and this calls for experts’ assistance. Our team of experienced licensed immigration advisers is here to assist you with all your immigration-related queries and confusions, please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd by sending an email at [email protected] or call us on +64 09 3790219

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Vandana Rai

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