Partner Visa is the most common path for couples wanting to move to New Zealand. It is a visa that allows you to get permanent residence based on your relationship with a New Zealand citizen or resident. It is a good option for married or de facto couples. Dependent children can also be included in the application.
You will generally need to have been in a relationship for 12 months before applying. However if you are in a de facto relationship the requirements are less strict. It is important that you have the appropriate evidence to support your application as the immigration department can be very sceptical of claims of a genuine relationship. It is best to have your application prepared by a migration expert to ensure you meet all the criteria.
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If you are already on a path to residency like a skilled migrant work visa it may be easier for you to stay on that and not apply for a Partner Visa. It all depends on your individual circumstances.
If you have any questions about this article or the requirements for a Partner Visa please book a consultation with one of our experts. We can assess your situation and advise you on the best path forward. We can also help you to put together an application that meets all the requirements and provides you with the highest chance of success. We can check all your forms, supporting documents, and health examinations to make sure they are correct and complete.