A partnership temporary visa is available to applicants who are in a genuine and stable partnership with:
- New Zealand citizens or resident visa holders
- Eligible work visa holders
- Eligible student visa holders
Applicants for this type of visa must demonstrate that they are in a genuine and stable relationship with their sponsoring partner. This normally involves demonstrating four main factors
- ‘Credibility’: the principal applicant and the partner both separately and together, must be credible in any statements made and evidence presented by them.
- ‘Living together’: the principal applicant and partner must be living together unless there are genuine and compelling reasons for any period(s) of separation.
- ‘Genuine partnership’: the principal applicant and partner must both be found to be genuine as to their:
- reasons for marrying, entering a civil union or entering into a de facto relationship; and
- intentions to maintain a long term partnership exclusive of others.
- ‘Stable partnership’: the principal applicant and partner must demonstrate that their partnership is likely to endure.
Partners of New Zealand residents or citizens should be aware that they are normally only eligible for a maximum of 24 months on a temporary visa. They are expected to transition to a resident visa and therefore should make plans to do so before they have exhausted their entitlement to temporary partnership visas.