- This is not current policy -
F2.5 How do partners of New Zealand citizens and... (29/09/2003)
F2.5 How do partners of New Zealand citizens and residents qualify for residence?
- To be issued with a residence visa or granted a residence permit under Partnership policy applicants must provide sufficient evidence to satisfy a visa or immigration officer that they have been living together for 12 months or more in a partnership that is with a .
- For the purposes of this policy 'partnership' means:
- a legal marriage, or
- an interdependent partnership akin to a marriage (whether opposite or same sex)
and ‘’ means one of the parties to such a partnership.
- In each case the onus of proving that the partnership on which the application is based is genuine and stable lies with the and their partner.
- An application under Partnership policy will be declined if:
- the application is not supported by a New Zealand citizen or resident partner who is an , or
- a visa or immigration officer is not satisfied that the partnership on which the application is based is genuine and stable; or
- the application is based on marriage to a New Zealand citizen or resident and either that New Zealand citizen or resident, or the principal applicant is already married to another person, or
- both the principal applicant and the New Zealand citizen or resident partner cannot satisfy a visa or immigration officer they comply with the minimum requirements for recognition of partnerships (see F2.15), or
- the applicant(s) does not meet health and character requirements policy (see A4 and A5).