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What is a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa?

Overview: The Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa is designed for individuals who are overseas and have entered into an arranged marriage with a New Zealand citizen or resident. This visa allows them to enter New Zealand to live with their spouse.

Purpose: The main aim is to respect cultural customs where marriages are traditionally arranged and enable the couple to live together in New Zealand.



Details about Cultural Arrangement Practices

  • Cultural Context: Culturally arranged marriages are deeply rooted in tradition and often involve formal agreements between families. It’s a practice respected in many cultures around the world and recognized by New Zealand’s immigration policies.
  • Common Practices: These arrangements can vary significantly between cultures. They might include formal family agreements, matchmaking processes, or ceremonies performed in the applicant’s home country. Key is that the marriage follows traditional customs rather than the couple independently deciding to marry.
  • Recognition in New Zealand: New Zealand immigration law acknowledges these cultural practices and provides a pathway for partners in such marriages to unite in New Zealand, respecting the authenticity of cultural traditions.
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Criteria for Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa

  • Marriage Validity: The marriage must be valid under New Zealand law and recognized as genuine and stable.
  • Arrangement Criteria: The marriage must have been arranged before either party had entered New Zealand. Evidence of the cultural arrangement, including details from both families, is required.
  • Sponsorship: The New Zealand-based partner must sponsor the application and meet certain eligibility criteria.
  • Health and Character: Applicants must meet health and character requirements set by New Zealand immigration authorities.

What is the Process for Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa?


When it comes to applying for a New Zealand Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa, there are specific steps you need to take to ensure a smooth and successful application. At ICL, we’re here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Application Preparation

Collect necessary documents proving the marriage’s legitimacy, the cultural arrangement, and the New Zealand partner’s eligibility.

Submission of Application

Apply online or submit a paper application along with all supporting documentation.

Assessment by Immigration NZ

The application will be assessed for authenticity and adherence to visa criteria.

Visa Decision

If successful, a visa will be granted, typically allowing a stay of up to 12 months.

If you’re considering applying for a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa, get in touch with one of our friendly consultants via email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality!

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Process at ICL Immigration

Initial Consultation

Understanding Your Situation: Discuss the details of your culturally arranged marriage, including when and how the arrangement was made.

Eligibility Assessment: Assess whether your marriage meets the criteria for a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa in New Zealand.

Service Agreement

Formalizing the Engagement: Review and sign a service agreement that outlines the scope of services, fees, and mutual responsibilities.

Setting Expectations: Clarify the timeline and process, ensuring you understand each step involved.

Prepare for Application

Document Collection: Assist in gathering all necessary documents, including marriage certificates, evidence of cultural arrangements, and statements from both families.

Application Form Assistance: Guide you through completing the visa application form accurately and comprehensively.

Submitting the Application

Application Submission: Submit your completed application along with all supporting documentation to Immigration New Zealand.

Confirmation of Submission: Provide you with a confirmation and a copy of the submission for your records.

Get an Assigned Case Officer

Case Officer Liaison: Once a case officer is assigned by Immigration New Zealand, we act as your point of contact, handling all communications on your behalf.

Responding to Inquiries: If the case officer requires further information or clarification, we coordinate with you to provide prompt responses.

Awaiting Decision

Application Monitoring: Keep track of your application’s status and update you on any progress or developments.

Patiently Navigating the Process: Offer support and guidance as we await the decision from Immigration New Zealand.

Get Your Approved Visa

Visa Approval Notification: Inform you immediately once the visa is approved and provide guidance on the next steps.

Post-Approval Support: Offer advice on preparing for your move to New Zealand and what to expect upon arrival.

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What constitutes a ‘culturally arranged marriage’ under this visa?

A marriage arranged according to recognized cultural traditions where the arrangement took place before either party lived in New Zealand.

Can I work in New Zealand on this visa?

Yes, holders of a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa are allowed to work in New Zealand.

How long can I stay in New Zealand on this visa?

The visa typically allows a stay up to 12 months.

What if my marriage arrangement was made while my partner was visiting overseas?

The arrangement should have been made before either party settled in New Zealand; this will be a crucial factor in your application.

What kind of evidence is required to prove a culturally arranged marriage?

Evidence includes marriage certificates, statements from both families, and any relevant cultural details pertaining to the arrangement.

Does my New Zealand partner need to meet specific requirements?

Yes, your partner must be eligible to sponsor your application and meet character and financial requirements.

Can this visa lead to residency?

After living together in New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for a partnership-based residence visa.

What happens if my visa application is declined?

You can address the reasons for decline in a new application or seek an appeal, depending on the circumstances.

Can I include my children on this visa?

Dependent children can be included in the application, subject to meeting certain criteria.

Is it necessary to have been married in a formal ceremony?

The marriage needs to be legally recognized, though it can be a traditional or cultural ceremony.

How is a culturally arranged marriage defined for the purpose of this visa?

It refers to a marriage that follows traditional cultural practices where the arrangement is made by families or community leaders.

Is a legally registered marriage necessary for this visa?

Yes, the marriage must be legally recognized, either in New Zealand or in the country where the marriage took place.

What if my arranged marriage doesn’t have a formal ceremony?

As long as the marriage is legally recognized and follows cultural traditions, it can be considered for this visa.

Can I apply for this visa if I’ve met my spouse online?

The key factor is whether the marriage was arranged following traditional cultural practices, not where you first met.

How does Immigration NZ verify a culturally arranged marriage?

Through documentation provided, such as marriage certificates, statements from cultural or religious leaders, and evidence from both families.

What happens if my cultural marriage practices are not widely known?

You should provide detailed information about your cultural practices as part of your application to assist Immigration NZ in understanding your unique situation.

Can same-sex couples apply for this visa?

Yes, if their culturally arranged marriage is legally recognized and meets all other visa criteria.

Are there any age requirements for this visa?

Both parties must meet the legal age requirement for marriage in New Zealand.

What if I am still legally married to someone else?

You must be legally free to marry. Being married to another person may disqualify you from this visa.

Can cultural marriage traditions from any country be considered?

Yes, as long as the marriage is legally recognized and adheres to the cultural traditions of that country.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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