Tips for a Successful Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa Application
What is a New Zealand Partner Visa?
- There are three types of partner visas: Partner Visitor Visa, Partner Work Visa and Partner Resident Visa. Suppose you are granted a partnership-based resident visa. In that case, you will have unrestricted rights to work, start your company and study at university at a heavily subsidised tuition fee, almost like a New Zealander.
Applying for a Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa
- The evidence you provide is credible from both you and your partner;
- You two are cohabiting at the same address;
- The nature of the relationship is genuine; and
- The relationship is enduring, solid, and exclusive.
How long does it take to get a partner visa for New Zealand?
What documents are required for a partner resident visa in NZ?
- have met each other prior to the application;
- be at least 18 (or 16 or 17 if you have your parents' or guardians' permission); and
- not be close relatives.
- Identity: a current passport and passport-style picture are required.
- Health: You need to be in good health. You may be required to undertake mandatory medical checks and x ray depending on your circumstance.
- Character: Depending on your circumstance, you may be required to prove that you have never been convicted of a crime in each nation of which you are a citizen and have resided for more than one year since turning 17. You must meet the character requirement.
- Partnership documents: You must prove a genuine and stable relationship with your partner with subjective and objective evidence.
- Supporting Partner: Your New Zealander or permanent resident partner must be able to support you.
Is your partner eligible to support your resident visa?
- must not have acted as a partner in a previously approved application for a residence class visa within the five years leading up to the current application (your partner must not have supported more than one partner prior to supporting your resident visa application)
- is not the perpetrator of an incident of family violence which has resulted in the grant of a resident visa to a person under the category for victims of family violence;
- must not be subject to deportation, or have had their deportation liability suspended.
- must meet the character requirement for partners who are supporting applications made under the Partnership Category.
Does your supporting partner have any disqualifying convictions?
If your partner is a New Zealand citizen, you might qualify for a permanent resident visa.
- Your partner is a New Zealand citizen (as opposed to a New Zealand permanent resident)
- Your partner has been living overseas for at least 5 years
- You have been in a genuine and stable relationship for at least 5 years
What is the risk of providing false information or concealing harmful information?
What happens if a Partnership Resident Visa is declined in NZ?
- Immigration New Zealand is not persuaded that your partner qualifies as a citizen or resident of New Zealand.
- Your relationship's genuine and stable evidence is insufficient for your case officer to be satisfied.
- Your relationship has not lasted the required amount of time, according to the immigration officer.
- You or your partner are already legally wed or in a civil union with someone else.
- You don't meet the requirements for character and health. Your current temporary entry visa may also be affected in this case. For instance, you might not be able to enter New Zealand on your partnership-based work visa.