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What are the character requirements for supporting partners?


If you are considering supporting your partner for a Temporary or Resident Visa under a partnership-based category, you will need to meet our good character requirements.

Any New Zealand resident or citizen supporting a partnership-based visa application must not have had a conviction in any country for an offence involving family violence or an offence of a sexual nature.

Partners supporting a Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa application will be required to provide police certificates from any country they have lived in for 12 months or more in the 10 years prior to the application being lodged. Additional police certificates may be requested by an Immigration Officer if they consider this necessary.

You are not required to supply a New Zealand police certificate as Immigration New Zealand will obtain this on your behalf.

Do I need to provide a police certificate if I am supporting my partner for residence?

Yes. If you are supporting your partner for a Partner of a New Zealander Resident Visa, you must provide a police or similar certificate from any country in which you have lived for 12 months or more (whether on one visit or intermittently) in the last 10 years. These certificates must be less than 6 months old when they are submitted with the application.

I submitted a Police Certificate to Immigration New Zealand with my own visa application. Can I use that Police Certificate to show that I meet the character requirements when supporting my partner?

You may only use the previous Police Certificate if it was issued within 6 months of your partner’s application being accepted for processing by Immigration New Zealand.

How to get a police certificate