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Partnership Resident Visa

This visa is for you if you are the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident. You can then apply to live in New Zealand permanently. If you are granted residence, you can live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely. You can also include your dependent children who are single, aged 24 and under, in your visa application, but children aged 21-24 must be relying on an adult for financial support.

If your partner is a New Zealand resident because of their citizenship or residence status in Australia, they must be living in New Zealand.

You may also be granted a Permanent Resident Visa if your partner is a New Zealand citizen and the two of you have been living together outside of New Zealand for 5 years or more. However, your partner will need to be either overseas when you apply or have been back in New Zealand for less than 3 months.

To be able to support your resident visa application, your partner must be eligible, and your partner must complete a ‘Partnership support form for Residence/temporary entry’ as evidence of their support.

You also must provide evidence that you and your partner have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more.

Since the onus of proving whether the partnership on which the application is based is genuine and stable lies with the principal applicant and their New Zealand partner, maximum possible must submitted upfront.

If, after assessing an application, an immigration officer is satisfied the couple is living together in a partnership that is genuine and stable, but the duration of that partnership is less than the 12 months required, they may defer the final decision to enable the qualifying period to be met and grant a work visa in the interim.

If you would like to know more about Partnership Resident Visa Category process, 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

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