Family Law Christchurch

Partnership Residence Visas

IMMIGRATION LAW

Family Law Christchurch
Family Law Christchurch

Partnership Residence Visas

IMMIGRATION LAW

Family Law Christchurch
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Partnership Residence Visas

Is your partner a citizen or resident of New Zealand? You may be eligible for a Partnership residence visa.

New Zealand offers visas to those who have a partner who is a New Zealand citizen or resident called a Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa. A partnership visa grants you residency, which allows you to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely.

This is not the be confused with the Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa which is a different visa with different conditions.

In order to apply for a partnership visa, you must:

  1. Have been in a genuine, stable relationship for 12 months or more
  2. Already been in New Zealand on another visa or be coming to New Zealand to join your partner
  3. Be of good health and character

Your partner must also:

  1. Be a New Zealand citizen or resident
  2. Be of good character
  3. Be eligible to support your application

You are also able to include any dependent children aged 24 and under in your visa application. Any dependents must be:

  1. Single and 24 or under
  2. Rely on an adult for financial support if they are aged 21 to 24

If your partner is an Australian citizen or resident visa holder living in New Zealand, they must show that New Zealand is their primary place of residence.

How do I show that I have been in a genuine and stable relationship?

You should have sufficient evidence to show proof of your relationship including:

  1. How long you have been together
  2. How long you have been living together
  3. That you share finances and other responsibilities
  4. That you spend time together, e.g. photos together, emails and social media conversations between you
  5. That other people recognise your relationship

Our experienced immigration team can help to evaluate your situation and work alongside you to determine the best pathway for you and your family.