Process & costs

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

Applying on online form

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 1,480

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. We do not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.



within 10 months

90% of applications are currently completed within this time.


New Zealand offices closed

New Zealand offices are closed. Offices outside of New Zealand are open except for the UK, US and India. Processing of critical visas related to COVID-19 requests for entry to New Zealand are being prioritised based on the direction of the New Zealand Government.

Managed isolation and quarantine

on arrival in New Zealand

Travellers coming from outside a quarantine-free travel zone will not be able to board a flight to New Zealand without a voucher confirming allocation in a managed isolation facility. COVID testing and 14-day stays in managed isolation facilities are mandatory.


Your partner supports your application

Your partner must complete and sign a ‘Partnership Support Form for Residence’.

They will need to give you their completed form and any supporting documents, for you to upload with your visa application.


Apply for your visa

Apply online, upload your documents and pay applicable fees.



We make a decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, we will be in touch.

If you are the partner of an expatriate New Zealand citizen apply for a resident visa, and we will grant you a permanent resident visa if you meet our requirements.

You must hold a valid visa while you are in New Zealand. If your current temporary visa will expire before we make a decision on your residence application, you should apply for a further temporary visa if you wish to remain in New Zealand.

Interim Visas are not granted to people who have only made an application for a residence class visa.


Travel to New Zealand

If you have yet to travel to New Zealand, check what You will need to do before you arrive.

NZ Ready website

You should also check if there are any departure requirements of the country you are in.

Partner visa