If you want to join your partner in New Zealand and work, you may be eligible for a work visa under our Family Stream.
Any person who is applying for a visa whose application is reliant solely on being the partner of a visa holder/applicant may only be granted a visa if an immigration officer is satisfied that:
All applicants must meet our health and character requirements. The other requirements you must meet depend on your partner's immigration status.
You must show that you are living together with your partner in a genuine and stable relationship at the time the application is made. Your partner must:
If you have been living together for 12 months or longer, we may grant you a work visa for up to a maximum of two years.
If you have been living together for less than 12 months, initially we can only grant you a work visa for up to 12 months. Later you can apply for a further work visa for a total stay of up to two years (including the time already granted on your initial partnership work visa) if:
You can find information about applying for a residence class visa under our Partnership residence category section.
If your partner holds a work visa for more than six months we may grant you a work visa for the same length of time your partner is allowed to work in New Zealand.
You must show that you are in a genuine and stable relationship with your partner. Your partner must:
However, you are not eligible for a work visa if your partner's work visa:
You must be in a genuine and stable relationship with your partner and they must hold a New Zealand student visa to study for:
You must be in a genuine and stable relationship with your partner, and your partner must:
If you are eligible, you may be granted a work visa for the length of your partner’s New Zealand Aid Programme scholarship.
Under a 1981 reciprocal agreement with the United States, spouses and dependants of employees of the United States Government who are assigned to New Zealand for official duties in Operation Deep Freeze and at Black Birch Astrometric Observatory may obtain authority to work.
We will need to see evidence of the United States Government personnel contract or continued engagement in the programme.
Your partner must:
We regard children as dependent if they are single, not in a partnership and are:
If you meet the requirements, find out how to apply.
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