If you are the Partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident then you may apply for Residence through the Partnership category. The following sheet sets out the minimum requirements for lodging an application for Residence and gives you some suggestions for putting your application together.
If you do not provide all of the above then your application may be returned to you unactioned.
Under partnership instructions a couple must provide evidence that their relationship is genuine and stable, whether they are married or not. Applicants must have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more before an application can be approved.
You should provide the following evidence for the preceding 12 month period or over the course of your relationship. If you do not have joint documents, please provide individual documents which link the two of you to the same address.
When submitting certified copies of documents you should ensure that the certification has been performed by a lawyer, solicitor, Justice of the Peace, notary public or magistrate.
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least two years, to allow for your Residence visa to be granted.
If the application meets all lodgement requirements then the application will be lodged and should be allocated to an immigration officer immediately if you are the partner of an expatriate New Zealander (a New Zealander who has been out of the country for at least 2 years apart from short holidays) or within a month of lodgement if your partner is not an expatriate New Zealander.
General processing times for partnership applications lodged in London are between 1-3 months from the date that it is allocated to a immigration officer. This does not allow for delays caused by character problems or missing relationship evidence.
If your application is approved an initial Resident Visa is granted which allows you to enter New Zealand within 12 months of the date of issue, which means that you will have up to one year to enter New Zealand as a Resident for the first time. If you do not enter New Zealand within that period your Resident Visa will expire. Immigration Officers do not have the power to extend the validity of Resident Visas once they are issued.
Successful applicants for residence are also required to pay a Migrant Levy. The Migrant Levy is used to fund services that help new residents settle successfully in New Zealand.