In some cultures they mean the same thing, but this is not so in the Philippines. In the Philippines people that are in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship do not necessarily live together. Partners, on the other hand, are in a relationship that is like marriage. Partners are commonly known as 'live-in' partners in the Philippines. Immigration New Zealand instructions define ‘partners’ as either currently residing together permanently, or having recently done so, and are in a genuine and stable relationship.
If you are applying on the basis of your relationship with your boyfriend/girlfriend, you will not meet the minimum requirements under partnership because you have not physically met. You may consider applying under the general visitor visa category.
Under this category, you will need to show evidence of sufficient funds for your travel and stay, evidence of your employment, financial and economic commitments in your home country and evidence to establish your genuine intent. This may be in the form of travel itineraries and/or evidence of your relationship.
You may provide a sponsorship form from a New Zealand citizen/resident to meet the funds requirements. However, this does not guarantee an approval of an application.
No. A marriage certificate alone is not sufficient to prove that the relationship has been entered into for a genuine and long term intention, and that a couple is living together as partners.
It is possible to meet this requirement though you have been living apart for some time. You will need to prove that you were living together in the past.
In addition, you will have to provide evidence to show that your relationship is ongoing and maintained exclusively in spite of the physical distance.
Immigration instructions F2.20.15 list a number of documents you can submit to show that you and your partner meet this requirement. This is not an exhaustive list and it is up to the client and supporting partner to consider what evidence is available to demonstrate that they are either living or have lived together, and are maintaining a genuine and stable relationship.
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The Partnership-Based Temporary Visa Application (INZ 1198) can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website under the forms and guides section.
The requirements are outlined on our Partnership visa checklist PDF [65KB], as well as the Partnership-based Temporary Visa Guide (INZ 1199).
You will be notified within 48 hours via an automatic email of acknowledgement of your application.
If you clearly meet one of the published positive partnership profiles, and your documents are all complete, you can expect your application to be finalised within 10 working days.
Your medical certificates may need to be forwarded to a medical assessor in New Zealand, or you may have sent in incomplete supporting documents, or there may be delays in making satisfactory verification of documents, or concerns noted in the application that require your comment.
Yes. We recommend you also include a photocopy of all your original supporting documents as well. We will return the original documents once your application has been decided.
Yes. Ideally you should submit your passport at lodgement, however if it’s not readily available, we require that a copy of the biodata page be submitted at lodgement, and that you indicate in your cover letter why you cannot submit your passport. You will need to provide your original passport once your application has been approved so it can be endorsed with a visa.
Yes. If you’re applying for a visitor visa, you still need to provide evidence that you or your partner can support your stay.
Six to eight weeks from the time your document has been dispatched to New Zealand. INZ Manila sends the medical certificates every Friday and receives the assessed certificates back from the INZ medical assessors every Thursday.
If you have active or old healed TB, your medical certificates are likely to be referred to a medical assessor. Applicants with a history of TB should provide all documentation (X-ray films/plates/scans) to show recent and past history of diagnosis and treatment. X-ray films/plates/scans should have corresponding reports attached. We also strongly recommend that the results of three sputum cultures be attached to your medical certificate as they will be required by the medical assessor.
Yes. You or your contact person will either receive an email or a call from your immigration officer.
You are required to submit an NBI clearance only. All NBI clearances should be no more than six months old at the time the application is lodged.
Yes, if you are intending to remain in New Zealand indefinitely, you are required to provide an NBI certificate, as well as police certificates from any country you have resided in for five years or more.
The Partnership Profile diagram PDF [75KB] may help you ascertain which visa type is appropriate for you.
If you intend to join your partner in New Zealand for a long period of time or indefinitely, you should lodge your application under the partnership category (Visitor or Work Visa). In either case, you must meet all the requirements for visas under partnership instructions. These requirements are laid out in immigration instructions V3.10 and WF3. This means that you and your partner must be: (1) living together AND (2) in a genuine and stable relationship.
When an applicant has met his/her New Zealand partner but has not lived with him/her, you may apply for a visitor visa under the general category provided that you, as a couple, are able to satisfactorily demonstrate that you maintain a genuine and stable relationship. The client should also provide evidence of sufficient funds for travel, onward travel arrangements, evidence of his or her employment, financial and economic commitments in his/her home country and evidence of the nature of their relationship.
If your intent is long term stay, you will need to provide your full medical certificate and your NBI clearance.
One of the requirements under the partnership category is for you and your partner to be living (or have recently lived) together permanently. If you have only spent a very short amount of time together, you do not meet this requirement.
The Partnership Profile diagram PDF [75KB] may help you ascertain which visa category is appropriate for you.
You may apply for a Work Visa as a partner of a worker or a Visitor visa as a dependent of a long term worker. For more information, see Immigration instructions V3.10 and WF3.
No. Partners of the following are not eligible to apply as a partner/dependent of a worker:
The requirements for a work visa are no different from a visitor visa as a dependent of a worker. However, for a visitor visa, you should be able to show evidence that you can maintain yourself during your travel and stay in New Zealand.
No. To apply under the partnership category, your partner must be a New Zealand resident or citizen. However, you might be eligible to apply for a visitor or work visa as a partner/dependent of a long-term student. For more information, see Immigration instructions V3.10 and WF4.
Please also see the Partners/Dependents of Workers and Students checklist.
If you have plans to work in New Zealand, you will have to apply for a work (partner of a student) visa. However, apart from establishing a genuine and stable relationship with your partner, he/she must hold a student visa to study for a level 7 or higher qualifications in an area of absolute skill shortage as specified in the Long Term Skill Shortage List, or a postgraduate qualification.
You must also provide evidence of funds amounting to NZ$4,200 for your maintenance during your period of stay in New Zealand.
The Partnership Profile diagram may also help you ascertain which visa type is appropriate for you.
You may refer to The New Zealand Qualification Framework.
Work/Visitor visa will be granted for the same validity as the student visa held by your partner.
Yes. Work visas granted under these instructions will allow you to work for any employer.
It depends on how long you intend to remain in New Zealand. If you intend to join your partner and stay in New Zealand for over a year, you must submit a full medical certificate. An NBI clearance and police certificates from any country you have resided in for five years or more will be required if you intend to stay for 24 months or more.
In cases where the applicant is in a partnership with a student visa holder but will only visit New Zealand for a short period of time, (e.g. holiday, family reunion), he or she may apply under the visitor visa - general category. The client should provide evidence of sufficient funds for travel, onward travel arrangements, evidence of his or her employment, financial and economic commitments in his/her home country and evidence of the nature of their relationship.