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New Zealand Partnership Visas

Visas for Partners of New Zealand Citizens and Residents

If you are the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident and you are living together with your partner in a genuine and stable relationship, there are a number of New Zealand Partnership Visas that may be available to you.

And fortunately, Immigration New Zealand are still processing New Zealand Partnership Visas. Whereas most other temporary visa applications have been suspended due to the current border restrictions.

Temporary partnership visas

If you have been living together with your New Zealand partner for less than 12 months, you may be granted a temporary visa based on your relationship for up to 12 months.

If you have been living together with your New Zealand partner for 12 months or more, you may be granted a temporary visa based on your relationship for up to 24 months.

You can apply for a Visitor Visa as the Partner of a New Zealander or a Work Visa as the Partner of a New Zealander. Your Work Visa will allow you to work in any job for any employer for the duration of your visa.

To apply for a New Zealand Partnership Work or Visitor Visa, you will need to:

  • Prove you are living in a genuine and stable relationship
  • Intend to be in New Zealand for the same amount of time as your partner, and be coming to New Zealand either together with them or to join them
  • Meet health and character requirements

Take our free New Zealand Partnership Eligibility Assessment to find out if you are eligible.

If you are the partner of a Work Visa holder (or your partner is applying for a work visa), you may also be eligible for a Partnership Work Visa or Visitor Visa based on your relationship. Similarly, in certain situations, partners of Student Visa holders may also be eligible. To find out if you can apply for a Work Visa or Visitor visa on the basis of your partnership with a Work Visa holder or Student Visa holder, get in touch.

Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

If you have been living together with your New Zealand citizen or resident partner for 12 months or longer, you also may be eligible to apply for a resident visa as the partner of a New Zealander. You must be able to prove that you are living together in a genuine and stable relationship, that you are coming to New Zealand to be with your partner and that you meet health and character requirements.

Start your journey to New Zealand with your partner today, by taking our free New Zealand Partnership Eligibility Assessment. 

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