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These are two categories under Partnership Visa in New Zealand.
Partnership Visitor/Work Visa (Partnership Based Temporary Visa)
Partnership Residence Visa
Partnership requirements You must be able to show Immigration NZ that you're living together in a genuine and stable relationship before Immigration New Zealand grant you a visa based on your partnership.
Living together means sharing the same home as your partner, which does not include: spending time in each other’s homes while you each maintaining your home, sharing accommodation while on holiday or flatmate arrangements.
Assessing partnership When Immigration New Zealand assess if you meet its partnership requirements, it will look at things like:
how long you’ve been together
how long you've been living together as a couple
your living arrangements
whether you support each other financially
how you share financial responsibilities
how committed you are to a life together
whether you own property together and/or share your property
any children you have together, including your arrangements for their care
whether you share common household tasks
whether other person recognises of your relationship.
Evidence of partnership You and your partner must provide enough evidence to show Immigration New Zealand that you're living together in a genuine AND stable relationship.
Your evidence will be more credible if it's from official sources.
marriage or civil union certificates
birth certificates for any children you share
cards, letters, emails and social media conversations
evidence that others recognise your relationship
evidence you make decisions and plans together
evidence you parent together
evidence you spend leisure time together
a joint rental agreement or home loan
mail addressed to you together at the same place and time
joint bank accounts
evidence you own assets together
joint credit cards or hire purchase agreements
joint utilities accounts, like power or phone bills.
Gathering evidence takes time and plan. The more evidence will support your case but not necessary quantity but more of quality matters.
Time spent living apart If you and your partner have spent time living apart, you should provide information about your separation, including:
the reasons you were living apart
how long you were living apart
how you kept in touch while apart.
Immigration New Zealand will use any evidence you provide about your separation to assess its effect on your partnership.
Your partner’s character If you apply for a visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand citizen or resident, your supporting partner will need to meet character requirements. If he or she has any convictions for domestic violence or sexual offences in the 7 years before you apply, she or he won't meet Immigration New Zealand's strict character requirements for supporting you.
Your partner may need to provide police certificates to be able to support your visa application. If your partner has some conviction, then she or he will need a character waiver. Immigration Trust can help in this case.
Partnership Based Temporary Work Visa If you and you partner's relationship is genuine but not meeting 12-month minimum living together period, Immigration Trust will apply for a work visa based on your relationship so you and your partner can live together in New Zealand to meet the requirements for partnership residence visa.
Please be aware that this visa category has often been abused as it doesn't require the applicants to meet other conditions (English, skills or qualifications) except proving a genuine and long lasting relationship with NZ resident or NZ citizen partner. It is your responsibility that you must prepare and support your application. Any overlooked mistake may cause a disastrous result.
Immigration Trust has dealt with many Partnership Visa Applications, and it is one of our specialities.
Unfortunately, getting married doesn't meet the requirements of the "Partner" in New Zealand's Immigration Policy. To learn more about it, please click the image above to read an article.