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Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa

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Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa

You can apply for this visa if you intend to travel to New Zealand for a culturally arranged marriage with a New Zealand citizen/resident or if you had a culturally arranged marriage with a New Zealand citizen/resident overseas i.e., outside New Zealand.

To be eligible for a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa, you must be able to demonstrate that the marriage follows an identified and recognised cultural tradition where the arrangements for the marriage, including facilitation of the initial selection of the persons to be married, are made by persons who are not parties to the marriage.

If you are coming to get married in Zealand, your wedding must be within 3 months of arriving. You must also be able to demonstrate that there is a genuine intent to marry and that it is intended the marriage be maintained on a long term and exclusive basis. If you get married outside New Zealand, then you must apply for your visa within 3 months of your cultural wedding.

Once you live with your partner in a relationship that is genuine and stable you can apply for a partnership-based Work or Visitor visa.

To find out more about how to apply under the Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa category, assessment criteria and the pitfalls that you should be aware of, please call us today on +64 9 379 0219 or email contact@nzimmigration.info

FAQ’s:

If your partner is a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident and you want to come to New Zealand to live together, you will need to apply for a partnership-based visa and subsequently apply for a resident visa. In order to qualify, you must have been living with your partner for 12 months or more in a relationship that is genuine and stable.

Average processing times for all types of visas are given on the Immigration New Zealand website, here is the link.

If you are applying for a visa based on your partnership with your spouse, find out how Immigration New Zealand defines partnership and what evidence you can provide to show your relationship is genuine. You must be able to show that you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship before INZ can grant you a visa based on your partnership.

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