Partner of a New Zealander

There are a few visa options available for someone whose partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident

It is important to check the current border rules before planning your travel to New Zealand

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Partner of a New Zealander Visitor Visa

Length of stay 

 

24 months

With this visa you can

  • Explore New Zealand as a visitor.

  • Study for up to 3 months.

Things to note

  • You can’t work in New Zealand on a Visitor Visa.

  • You can only have this visa for 2 years, but before it expires you can apply for residence based on your partnership.

Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa

Length of stay

  • 2 years, if you’ve been living with your partner for more than 12 months, or

  • 1 year, if you’ve been living with your partner for less than 12 months.

With this visa you can

  • Come to New Zealand with your partner.

  • Work in New Zealand.

  • Study for up to 3 months.

Things to note

  • You can only have this visa for 2 years, but before it expires you can apply for residence based on your partnership.

  • You cannot include dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa

Length of stay

Indefinitely 

With this visa you can

  • Live, work, and study in New Zealand.

  • Include dependent children, aged 24 and under, in your visa application.

Things to note

  • If your partner’s New Zealand residence is based on their Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residence or resident return visa, you can only apply for this visa if your partner lives in New Zealand.

  • If your partner is a New Zealand citizen and the two of you have been living together outside of New Zealand for 5 years or more, you may be granted a permanent resident visa. Your partner will need to be either overseas when you apply, or have been back in New Zealand for less than 3 months.