Supporting partner character requirements

If you apply for a visa as the partner of a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand visa holder, your partner must be of good character.

If your supporting partner is a New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Resident

If your partner has any convictions for domestic violence or sexual offences, they won't meet our character requirements for supporting partners.

They don’t need to tell us about any previous convictions received in New Zealand that are covered under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004.

If they are uncertain whether their criminal record is covered under the clean slate scheme, they should contact the Ministry of Justice.

If your supporting partner holds a work or student visa

If your partner been convicted of domestic violence or sexual offences in the 7 years before you apply, they won’t meet our character requirements for supporting partner.

If you are applying for a resident visa as the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident, your partner must provide police certificates from any country they have lived in for 12 months or more since turning 17.

For other types of visa applications, we may request police certificates from your partner to make sure they meet our character requirements.

How to get a police certificate

Sometimes we can grant a character waiver to a partner who doesn't meet our character requirements.

If we grant a character waiver to your partner, it means they will be able to support your visa application.