Immigration New Zealand have started processing and making a decision on offshore visa applications for some relationship-based visas supported by a New Zealand citizen or resident.

This includes the following visas:

To see if you are eligible for a partnership-based visa, take our free eligibility assessment.


If granted a visa, these visa holders will be exempt from New Zealand border restrictions. The visa holder will be able travel to and enter New Zealand without seeking approval and will not need to submit an Expression of Interest for an exception to travel to New Zealand.


In addition, Immigration New Zealand will start to process the following offshore visa applications from 15th September. As applicants for the visas listed below are not currently eligible for border exemptions, INZ will be unable to approve any of these applications until border restrictions lift.


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