The Partnership Category


Partners of New Zealand Citizens/Residents and some temporary work or student visas can qualify for a partnership visa in certain circumstances.


Partnerships come in all shapes and forms and New Zealand is pretty liberal in that it doesn't matter whether you are married, in a same sex civil union or a de facto relationship.  What does count is being able to prove that you are "living together in a genuine and stable relationship".  This causes serious issues for those couples that are unable to live together for one reason or another.  


For temporary entry there is no stipulated minimum time you must have lived together. To apply for residence, however, you must have been living together for at least 12 months.

If you are the 5+ year Partner of an "ex-pat" Kiwi (some fine print exists around the definition) you may be able to apply for residence but leapfrog to permanent residence.  Something we will consider in our initial assessment.


The key to a good partnership application is providing hard evidence of joint living and the stability of your relationship.  A marriage certificate and even children's birth certificates are simply not enough.  When it comes to the living together requirements it is important to understand that Immigration NZ distinguishes between time spent visiting each other or holidaying together.  This causes multiple issues and leads to many visa declines.


Many applicants fail to appreciate the nuances - especially with young relationships that may be felt to be more in the nature of "going out" rather than partnership.  

With the border closures, the issues have become even more contentious with many partners needing to "fetch and fly" in order to be able to unite and get into New Zealand together.

With Covid-19 and the NZ border closures, some cases require a border exception in addition to the normal visa processes.  Again, this is something we have been closely involved with and are able to make the appropriate requests and Critical Purpose visa applications as appropriate. 

If you are in a relationship situation and require expert advice, contact us today for instant help.