What is a New Zealand Partner of a Worker Work Visa?

The Partner of a Worker Work Visa lets someone join their partner in New Zealand when their partner has a job or a work visa. This visa allows the partner to live, work, and study in New Zealand, bringing families together and providing support.

While one partner works in New Zealand, the other can also work or study, which helps their family and the community. This visa shows how New Zealand values keeping families together.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $700

Length of Stay

Same duration as your Partner’s Work Visa

Processing Time

Around 11 weeks for 80% of applications

Benefits of Partner of a Worker Work Visa

  • Work Opportunity: Lets the partner of someone with a New Zealand work visa find a job in New Zealand.
  • Study Option: Allows visa holders to study for up to three months each year or longer if doing a language course approved by NZQA.
  • No Job Needed: You can apply for this visa even if you don’t have a job offer in New Zealand.
  • Residency Chance: Depending on the main visa holder’s path and eligibility, this could be a step towards getting residency.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Essential Details on Partner of a Worker Work Visa

Vital information you should be aware of if interested in applying to a New Zealand Partner of a Worker Work Visa.

Work with Accredited Employers

Partners can only work for companies approved by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

No Self-Employment Allowed

The visa rules don’t allow partners to run their own businesses.

Wage Rules

Jobs must pay at least the average wage for specific roles covered by agreements. If not covered, it must match the median salary at the time of the visa or job offer, which is currently NZD 29.66.

Job Flexibility

Partners can apply without a job offer and switch employers without permission changes if they work for an approved employer.

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What is the Application Process?

Here’s the simplified process for getting a Partner of a Worker Work Visa in New Zealand.

Step 1: Check Eligibility

Make sure your partner has a valid New Zealand work visa and meets the criteria for sponsoring you.

Step 2: Show Your Relationship

Give proof that you have a real and steady relationship with the main work visa holder.

Step 3: Apply

Complete the application form and send it with the required documents, like proof of your relationship and health and character certificates.

Step 4: Get Your Visa

If approved, your visa will let you stay in New Zealand for as long as your partner’s work visa lasts.

Partner of a Worker Work Visa Process at ICL

At ICL Immigration, we know that getting a Partner of a Worker Work Visa in New Zealand can be tricky. Our experienced immigration consultants are here to help make your journey easy and successful. Here’s a detailed look at how we can support you in getting your Partner of a Worker Work Visa:

Step 1: Initial Consultation

Have a detailed chat to see if you qualify for the Straight to Residence Visa and understand how the application works.

Step 2: Service Agreement

Sign a clear agreement with ICL laying out what they’ll do and what you need to do during the application process.

Step 3: Preparing and Reviewing Your Documents

Work with ICL to gather and check all the papers you need to meet New Zealand’s immigration rules.

Step 4: Sending Your Application

ICL sends off your application to Immigration New Zealand, making sure everything’s right.

Step 5: Keeping in touch

ICL stays in contact throughout the process, talking to Immigration New Zealand and handling any extra info they need.

Step 6: Visa Decision and Next Steps

Once there’s a decision, ICL notifies you and guides with anything else you need to do to move to New Zealand.


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What is the Partner of a Worker Work Visa?

A visa allowing partners of New Zealand work visa holders to live, work, and study in New Zealand.

Who is eligible for this visa?

Partners of individuals holding a valid New Zealand work visa, subject to meeting relationship proof requirements.

What documents are needed to prove our relationship?

Documents may include:

  • Marriage certificates.
  • Evidence of shared living arrangements.
  • Joint financial documents.
  • Other proofs of a genuine and stable relationship.
Can I work in any job with this visa?

Yes, there are no specific restrictions on the type of employment you can undertake with this visa.

What wage conditions apply to my employment under this visa?

You must work within the median wage in roles covered by capped sector agreements. It would be best if you were paid at least the median wage for roles not covered by an uncapped sector agreement.

Are there exceptions to these conditions?

Partners are limited to employment with accredited employers. However, partners of those holding AEWV or ESWV, earning at least double the median wage or occupying a Green List position, are free to work in any job for any employer, exempt from the median wage criterion.

What happens if my Partner's pay or role changes to meet the exception criteria after visa issuance?

You may be eligible for a work visa that allows you to work for any employer without median wage restrictions through a Variation of Conditions request, provided you can demonstrate your Partner's eligibility.

CanAEWV holders on a sector agreement below the median wage support a partner work visa?

AEWV holders paid below the median wage under a sector agreement cannot support a partner work visa.

What if my Partner's salary increases to at least the median wage after visa issuance?

They may support you for a work visa without needing to apply for a new one as long as the salary increase allows them to meet the eligibility criteria.

What options do partners of temporary workers have if they do not meet these conditions?

Partners can explore other visa options, such as applying for visas in their own right or a Visitor Visa if they do not wish to work.

Do these changes affect the current work visa conditions of partners?

No, these changes do not affect partners who applied before 31 May 2023, partners of New Zealanders, or those holding other types of work visas.

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

The visa duration will match that of your Partner’s current work visa.

Is there a quota for the number of visas issued annually?

No, there is no annual quota for the Partner of a Worker Work Visa.

Can I study on this visa?

Yes, you can study for up to three months in any 12 months or enrol in a longer NZQA-approved language course.

What happens if my Partner’s work visa is extended or changed?

Your visa may be extended or modified to match the duration of your Partner’s new visa, subject to application and approval.

Can I apply for residency under this visa?

This depends on the principal visa holder's pathway to residency. ICL Immigration can advise on your specific situation.

How long does the application process take?

Processing times vary based on individual circumstances and Immigration New Zealand’s current workload.

Can our children come with us to New Zealand?

Children may apply for visas based on their relationship with you or your Partner, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

What if my application is declined?

ICL Immigration will review the Decision, advise on potential reasons, and discuss the next steps, including reapplication or appeal.

How can ICL Immigration assist with my application?

ICL Immigration offers comprehensive services, from eligibility assessment and document collection to application submission and follow-up with Immigration New Zealand.

Can I travel in and out of New Zealand on this visa?

You can travel in and out of New Zealand within the visa’s validity period.

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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