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V3.35 Entry to New Zealand for the purpose of culturally arranged marriage (29/11/2010)

  1. People intending to marry New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders in New Zealand may be granted a visitor visa authorising a maximum stay of 3 months from their date of arrival, provided that:
    1. the couple genuinely intend to marry within 3 months of the applicant's arrival in New Zealand; and
    2. the marriage follows an identified cultural tradition where the arrangements for the marriage, including the initial selection of the persons to be married, are made by persons who are not parties to the marriage; and
    3. it is intended that the marriage will be maintained on a long term and exclusive basis; and
    4. the New Zealand residence class visa holder or citizen they intend to marry:
      • supports the application; and
      • is an eligible partner under Partnership residence instructions (see F2.10.10); and
      • meets the character requirement for partners supporting 'partnership-based temporary entry applications' set out at E7.45; and
    5. there is no legal impediment to the intended marriage.

      Note: For there to be no legal impediment to the intended marriage the principal applicant and intended New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder partner must:

      ~ both be free to marry in that neither are already married to another person, and
      ~ not be close relatives i.e. those relationships specified as "forbidden marriages" under Schedule 2 of the Marriage Act 1955 (see F2.15(d)).

  2. If applicants are already in New Zealand when applying, the visa will be current for a maximum of 3 months from their date of arrival in New Zealand.
  3. Holders of a visitor visa granted under these instructions may be eligible for an initial 12 month work visa as the partner of a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder after the marriage has taken place (see WF2).

    Note: The applicant does not require an outward ticket if the New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder they intend to marry or another New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder formally sponsors the applicant using the relevant INZ sponsorship form. In such cases the sponsor must satisfy an immigration officer they will meet their sponsorship undertakings (see E6).

V3.35.1 Evidence for people intending to enter New Zealand for the purpose of a culturally arranged marriage with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder

  1. Immigration officers must establish (through interview and/or documentary evidence), and be satisfied that:
    1. there is a genuine intent to marry and that it is intended the marriage be maintained on a long term and exclusive basis; and
    2. the person the applicant intends to marry in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder; and
    3. the marriage follows an identified cultural tradition where the arrangements for the marriage, including the initial selection of the persons to be married, have been made by persons who are not parties to the marriage; and
    4. the couple intend to marry within 3 months of the applicant's arrival in New Zealand; and
    5. in the event the marriage does not take place the applicant will leave New Zealand.
  2. The applicant must provide the Form for Partners Supporting Partnership-Based Temporary Entry Applications (INZ 1146) completed by their intended New Zealand partner confirming that:
    1. their intended partner supports the application; and
    2. their intended partner is an eligible partner under Partnership instructions (see F2.10.10); and
    3. that their intended partner complies with the minimum requirements for recognition of partnerships (see E4.1.30 and F2.15); and
    4. their intended partner meets the character requirements for partners supporting 'partnership-based temporary entry applications' set out at E7.45.
  3. Substantive evidence must be provided to demonstrate that the marriage follows an identified cultural tradition where the arrangements for the marriage, including the initial selection of the persons to be married, have been made by persons who are not parties to the marriage. Such evidence may include but is not limited to:
    1. communication between the parents of the couple, or a person acting as a go-between or matchmaker, or both;
    2. other documents indicating public recognition of the arrangement, or ceremony, or both;
    3. confirmation from independent sources that such arrangements or ceremonies, or both, are in accordance with the cultural custom of the parties concerned.

Effective 29/11/2010

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