Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements of this visa.

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Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you're aged 17 and over and will stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months, you must provide police certificates from:

  • your country(s) of citizenship
  • any country(s) you've spent more than 5 years in since turning 17.

You don't need to provide police certificates if you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character
Police certificates

Your partner’s immigration status

Your partner must be a New Zealand citizen or resident

Your partner must provide an original or certified copy of one of the following:

  • a New Zealand passport
  • a New Zealand birth certificate
  • a certificate of New Zealand citizenship
  • a New Zealand residence class visa.

If your partner is a New Zealand resident because of their citizenship or residence status in Australia, they may provide an original or certified copy of their Australian passport, permanent residence or resident return visa.

Your partner’s place of residence

Partners who have New Zealand residence because they have an Australian passport, permanent residence or resident return visa, must live in New Zealand

If this applies, your partner must provide evidence that they live in New Zealand, this could include:

  • letters or bills addressed to them
  • employment records
  • records of benefit payments from Work and Income, or tax records from Inland Revenue
  • mortgage, tenancy or utility supply agreements
  • documents showing their household effects have been moved to New Zealand
  • any other documents you think prove they live in New Zealand.

Your partner’s character

Your partner must be of good character

If your partner is 17 or over, they must provide a police certificate from:

  • New Zealand
  • any country they’ve spent 12 months or more over the last 10 years. This applies whether the time was spent in one or more visits.

Good character
Police certificates

Your partner won't meet our good character requirements if they have been convicted of any offence:

  • involving domestic violence
  • of a sexual nature.

Your partner doesn’t need to provide a New Zealand police certificate – we can arrange this on their behalf.

Eligible NZ supporting partner

Your partner must be eligible to support your application

To be eligible to support your resident visa application your partner must not:

  • have supported a successful residence application for more than one previous partner
  • have supported a successful residence application for a previous partner in the last 5 years
  • have included a previous partner in a successful residence application in the last 5 years
  • have been included as a partner in a successful residence application in the last 5 years
  • be liable for deportation, or have their deportation liability suspended.

Your partner must complete a ‘Partnership support form for Residence/temporary entry’ as evidence of their support’.

Partnership Support Form for Residence (INZ 1178) PDF 287KB

You can read more about residence in the 'Self-Assessment Guide for Residence in New Zealand'.

Self-Assessment Guide for Residence in New Zealand (INZ 1003) PDF 299KB

Your relationship with your partner

You and your partner must have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for 12 months or more

You must provide evidence that you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship.

Your evidence should show:

  • how long you’ve been together
  • how long you’ve been living together
  • that you share finances and other responsibilities
  • that you spend time together, eg photos together, emails and social media conversations between you
  • that other people recognise your relationship
  • anything else you think shows you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship.

Partnership

 

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