New Zealand Spouse Visa
Spouse visa or Partner visa
We can define it as a partnership of two people of the same or opposite sex, who live together in a genuine and stable relationship in any of the following:
· A legal marriage
· A civil union
When you apply for a visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand visa holder or New Zealand citizen, that person is called your supporting partner.
You and your supporting partner must:
· Be aged 18 or over, or if they’re aged 16 or 17 years, have the consent of their parents or guardians
· Have met each other before applying for a visa based on your partnership
· Not be close relatives.
What are the partnership requirements
You must be able to show us that you’re living together in a genuine and stable relationship before we can grant you a visa based on your partnership.
Living together means sharing the same home as your partner, which doesn’t include:
· Spending time in each other’s homes while you each maintain your own home
· Sharing accommodation while on holiday
· Flatmate arrangements.
How partnership applications are accessed.
INZ assess if you meet their partnership requirements, they’ll look at things like:
· 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 people recognise your relationship
· How long you’ve been together
· How long you’ve been living together as a couple
· Your living arrangements