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If you have a Kiwi partner and would like to live and work in New Zealand, ICL can help you secure a Partnership Visa.

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What is a New Zealand Partnership Visa?

As a partner of a New Zealand visa holder, you may be eligible for a Partner visa, a type of visa based on your relationship with the NZ visa holder. The visa type and duration depend on your partner’s visa status in NZ as well as the length of your relationship.

With a partner visa, you can enjoy the benefits of living in New Zealand indefinitely, provided that you meet the eligibility criteria. This visa category is designed to keep families together and offers a pathway to residency for partners of New Zealand residents.

Our team of experienced immigration consultants at ICL can help you navigate the complexities of the Partnership Visa application process, ensuring that you have the best chance of success. Contact us today to find out how we can help you secure a Partner Visa and achieve your dreams of living in New Zealand with your significant other.

What are the different types of Partnership Visas?

The most common Partnership-Based Visas include:

  • Partner of a Worker Visitor Visa
  • Partner of a Worker Work Visa
  • Partner of a Student Visitor Visa
  • Partner of a Student Work Visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander Visitor Visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

To learn about which Partnership Visa type is ideal for you, get in touch with one of our friendly immigration consultants with details about your specific situation.


Who is Eligible for a Partnership Visa?

The Partnership Visa is available for couples who are in a genuine and stable relationship with a New Zealand resident.

The eligible relationships include:

  • Married couples
  • Couples in a civil union (opposite or same sex)
  • Couples in a de facto relationship (opposite or same sex)
  • Couples who are not legally married or bound by a registered civil or de facto partnership but can demonstrate that they are in a committed and durable relationship.

It’s essential to note that the relationship must be genuine and stable, meaning that it is exclusive and likely to last.

At ICL, we understand the importance of providing the right evidence to support your application. Our team of expert immigration consultants can help you gather the necessary documentation and guide you through the entire application process, from start to finish. Reach out today to find out how we can help you secure a Partnership Visa and begin your new life in New Zealand.

What are the requirements of the New Zealand Partnership Visa?


To be eligible for a Partnership Visa, you and your partner must meet specific requirements set by Immigration New Zealand (NZ).

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  • Being in New Zealand on another visa or coming to New Zealand to join your partner
  • Proving that you are in a genuine and stable relationship and have lived together for at least 12 months (shorter durations may make you eligible for a partnership visitor or partnership work visa)
  • Meeting the health and character requirements

Eligibility Criteria for Partners of Applicants

  • Proving that you are a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • Demonstrating the ability to support their partner
  • Not having any domestic violence-related offences or sexual convictions
  • Not having sponsored more than one partner for residence within the last 5 years
  • Australian citizens or Resident Visa holders living in New Zealand must show that New Zealand is their primary place of residence

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What is the Partnership Visa Application Process?


The process of applying for a New Zealand Partnership Visa is relatively straightforward, but it is critical to follow all the steps accurately to ensure a smooth application process. Lucky for you, ICL is here to guide you through each stage of the process!

Gather Required Documentation

To apply for a New Zealand Partnership Visa, you will need to provide evidence that you have lived with your partner for at least 12 months, which means sharing the same home, not just spending time in each other's homes. You'll also need to provide proof of your identity, your partner's identity, and other required information.

Submit Your Application

You can submit your application online or by post. After you've submitted your application, an immigration officer will review your documentation and conduct interviews as part of a fourfold test to assess whether your partnership qualifies for the visa.

Wait for Processing

The processing time for a Partnership Visa varies depending on how and when you apply for the visa. According to Immigration New Zealand, 75% of Partnership Visas take up to 13 months to process.

Receive Your Visa!

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a decision from Immigration New Zealand. If your application is approved, you'll be granted one of the various types of partnership-based visas which may allow you to stay as a visitor, to work, or to reside in NZ.

To maximize your chances of success and avoid longer processing times, it’s vital to ensure your application is error-free and includes all the information and documentation specified by INZ.

The experienced immigration consultants at ICL have maintained an average visa approval rate of 97% over the past 20 years. Get in touch today to take advantage of our industry-leading success rate and start living in NZ with your partner.

How Much Does the Partnership Visa Application Cost?

The cost of a Partnership Visa application varies depending on several factors such as your country of origin, the country you’re in when you apply, and the method of application (online or by post).

Additionally, you may have to cover the costs of medical screenings, police records, and translations if required. It’s important to note that if your application is declined, there are no refunds.

To determine the specific application cost based on your situation, you can use INZ’s fee finder tool, or book a free consultation with one of our friendly Partnership Visa experts.


Why choose ICL for your New Zealand Partnership Visa needs?


Applying for a New Zealand Partnership Visa can be a confusing, time-consuming, stressful, and expensive process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the legal Increased Chances of Successwise to seek the assistance of a visa application expert such as ICL.

By choosing ICL for your New Zealand Partnership Visa needs, you can enjoy a wide range of benefits, including:

Step-by-Step Guidance

Our team of experienced immigration advisors will provide you with bespoke guidance to ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements for a successful Partnership Visa application. From selecting the right type of visa to submitting all the required documentation, we will guide you through the entire process.

Increased Chances of Success

With an average success rate of 97% over the last 20 years, we have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goal of obtaining a Partnership Visa and starting your new life in New Zealand with your spouse. We are familiar with Immigration New Zealand’s requirements and can help you avoid common mistakes that could result in a rejected application.

Thorough Documentation

Documenting your relationship thoroughly is critical to a successful Partnership Visa application. Our team will help you understand what documentation is required and provide guidance on how to best present your evidence to support your case.

Stress-Free Application Process

Visa applications can be a tedious process, especially for first-time applicants. When you apply for a New Zealand Partnership Visa, you want to obtain your right to live and work in New Zealand with your partner the first time. Otherwise, you may risk not being able to start your new life together as planned. We will ensure that your application is correct and complete, saving you frustration and unnecessary added expenses.

No Hidden Costs

At ICL, we believe in transparency and honest when it comes to our services. It’s one of the key reasons for our longevity and success. Applying for a New Zealand Partnership Visa can be a significant infestment, both in terms of time and money. That’s why we make sure that our fees are clear and upfront, with no hidden costs. You can trust that our team will provide you with a detailed breakdown of all costs associated with your application, so that you can plan accordingly. With ICL, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that there won’t be any surprise fees or charges along the way.

Free Consultation

If you are unsure about whether you and your partner are eligible for a Partnership Visa, don’t hesitate to reach out to our immigration advisors for a free no-strings-attached consultation. Our advisors will be happy to answer your questions and support you every step of the way.

Ready to get started? With ICL, you’ll have the necessary support and guidance to successfully apply for a New Zealand Partnership Visa, so that you make your dream of studying in New Zealand a reality. Contact us today by email at or call us at 09 369 1681 to take the first step.

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What Is a Partnership Residence Visa?

This visa permits partners of New Zealand citizens or residents to live in New Zealand permanently. Applicants must demonstrate a genuine and stable relationship, typically requiring at least 12 months of cohabitation.

Who Can Apply for a Partnership Work Visa?

Designed for partners of New Zealand citizens or residents, or those holding work or student visas in New Zealand. It enables the partner to work in New Zealand and is granted based on the status of their partner’s visa.

What Is a Partnership Visit Visa?

This visa is for individuals intending to visit or accompany their partner who is a New Zealand citizen or resident. It requires proof of a genuine relationship and usually permits a stay of up to 9 months.

Can I Apply for a Culturally Arranged Marriage Visa?

Suitable for individuals planning to marry a New Zealand citizen or resident following a cultural arrangement. The marriage must occur within 3 months of arriving in New Zealand, and the relationship must be genuine.

What Is a Child Student Visa?

This visa is for children of temporary work or student visa holders in New Zealand. It allows dependent children to attend school as domestic students. Eligibility generally requires the child to be aged 19 or under.

Eligibility for Guardian of a Student Visa?

This visa enables a parent or legal guardian to accompany a child who is studying in New Zealand. It’s applicable for children under 13 years or older children under special circumstances.

Details of the Parent and Grandparent Visit Visa?

For parents and grandparents of New Zealand citizens or residents, allowing multiple entries and a total stay of up to 18 months within a 3-year period.

What Is a Dependent Child Visit Visa?

This visa allows dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residents to visit for short-term stays. Eligibility includes being unmarried, financially dependent, and typically under 20 years old.

Processing Times for These Visas?

Processing times vary based on the visa type and the current application volumes. It can range from a few weeks to several months. The latest processing times can be checked on Immigration New Zealand’s website or connect with us for more information.

Required Documents for Partnership Visas?

Commonly required documents include proof of relationship (marriage certificates, joint bank account statements, etc.), identity documents, and, where applicable, the New Zealand partner’s visa or citizenship details.

Are Language Requirements Applicable?

Language proficiency requirements generally do not apply to partnership and family visas. However, specific conditions might apply depending on the visa type.

Can I Include My Family on These Visas?

Most partnership visas allow inclusion of dependent children. Other family members, like parents or siblings, may need to apply for their respective visas.

How Can ICL Immigration Assist with Applications?

ICL Immigration offers services like eligibility assessment, document preparation, and comprehensive guidance throughout the application process.

Can Partners of Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Holders Apply for a Partnership Visa in New Zealand?

Yes, partners of Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders can apply for a partnership visa in New Zealand. This visa allows them to live and work in New Zealand, provided they meet the criteria of being in a genuine and stable relationship with the AEWV holder.

What Are the Specific Requirements for Partners of AEWV Holders to Obtain a Partnership Visa?

Partners of AEWV holders must provide evidence of a genuine and stable relationship, which can include joint bank account statements, cohabitation proof, and other relevant documents. The AEWV holder must also meet certain criteria set by Immigration New Zealand.

How Does the Status of an Employer Work Visa AEWV Affect a Partner Visa Application?

The status of an Employer Work Visa AEWV can significantly impact a partner visa application. The partnership visa’s validity and conditions may depend on the AEWV holder's visa status, including their job stability and visa duration.

Can Partners of Work Visa Holders Study or Work in New Zealand on a Partner Visa?

Yes, partners of work visa holders on a Partner Visa can generally study or work in New Zealand without any additional visa. However, they must adhere to the conditions of their partnership visa.

What Are the Benefits of Consulting with an Immigration Adviser for Partner Visa NZ Applications?

Consulting with an immigration adviser for Partner Visa NZ applications provides expert guidance on meeting immigration criteria, avoiding common pitfalls, ensuring complete and correct documentation, and navigating the complex immigration process effectively.

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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