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Updates to visitor visas for Culturally Arranged Marriages Wednesday, 13 November 2019

We are updating the Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa so that people who had arranged marriages overseas can apply for a visitor visa, and giving more guidance for getting a general visitor visa to join a partner.

Change to the Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa

The Minister of Immigration has announced a change that will allow people who had a culturally arranged marriage outside of New Zealand to apply for this visitor visa.

Details of the changes to immigration instructions will be published in an Amendment Circular.

Policy Amendment Circulars

People travelling to join their partner in New Zealand on other kinds of visas

People applying for a temporary visa to travel to New Zealand must genuinely intend a temporary stay in New Zealand for a lawful purpose.

We are updating our guidelines on how we assess if people who are travelling to New Zealand to join a partner, who they have not lived with, have a genuine intent.

This advice will be communicated to staff and published on our website as an Internal Administration Circular within the next 2 weeks.

Internal Administration Circulars

If you have applied for a visa and been declined

We are developing a process for dealing with partners of New Zealand citizens or residents who may be affected by the change in processing guidelines. We will contact people by email by 2 December 2019.

If you have applied for a visa and it is still being assessed

We will assess current applications that could be affected by this in line with the updated guidance once it is released. People who have applications under assessment do not have to do anything.

Further information

You can read more about the changes on our factsheet.

Changes to Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa factsheet PDF 350KB

We will publish another news item when we have more information.