Visa factsheet Partner of a Worker Work Visa

This visa will allow you to work in New Zealand while your partner’s here on a work visa. You’ll be able to get a job and in your free time, enjoy New Zealand’s scenery, adventure, culture, and friendly people.

Overview

Overview

Duration

For the same time as your partner’s work visa


With this visa you can

  • Join your partner.
  • Work in New Zealand.
  • Study for up to 3 months.

Things to note

  • Some work visa holders are not eligible to support applications for this visa.
  • You don’t need to have a New Zealand job offer to apply.
  • You can’t include dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

Find out if your partner is eligible to support your visa

Dependent children

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Criteria

Meeting the criteria

This visa will allow you to work in New Zealand while your partner’s here on a work visa. You’ll be able to get a job and in your free time, enjoy New Zealand’s scenery, adventure, culture, and friendly people.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 306KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 322KB

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinse identity card.

Health

You must be in good health

You may need to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health.

When you need an x-ray or medical examination

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

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 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 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

How to obtain a police certificate

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

Bona fide

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we decide if your intentions are genuine (bona fide), we consider all the information:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances, and
  • any previous applications.

Bona fide

Your relationship with your partner

You and your partner must be living together in a genuine and stable relationship

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
  • if you’re 16 or 17, that your parent or guardian supports your partnership
  • you spend time together, eg photos together, emails and social media conversations between you
  • you share finances and other responsibilities.

Partnership

To be eligible for this visa, you have to be living together when you apply.

Your partner’s character

Your partner must be of good character

Your partner must meet our good character requirements or be granted a character waiver. We may ask your partner to provide a police certificate from any country they’ve spent 12 months or more in over the last 10 years . This applies whether the time was spent in one or more visits.

Your partner won’t meet our character requirements if they have any convictions for domestic violence or sexual offences. If your partner doesn’t meet our character requirements, we will consider whether they are eligible for a character waiver.

How to obtain a police certificate

Your partner's character

For you to be granted a visa on the basis of your partnership, your partner must meet our good character requirements or be granted a character waiver.

Your partner won't meet our good character requirements if, in the last 7 years, they have been convicted of any offence:

  • involving domestic violence
  • of a sexual nature.

Your partner’s visa

Your partner must hold an appropriate work visa

We’ll check our records for evidence your partner has an appropriate work visa.

You will not be eligible for this visa, if your partner’s work visa was granted for:

  • for 6 months or less
  • for a working holiday
  • for lower-skilled work as an Essential Skills visa holder
  • to work for a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)
  • for the opportunity to look for work as a skilled migrant.

There are some other work visas that will not allow your partner to support your application.

Work visa holder supporting family

Funds

You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand

You don’t need to provide any evidence unless we ask you to. If we do ask for evidence, it can include:

  • bank statements
  • credit card statements
  • bank drafts
  • travellers’ cheques
  • a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’ completed by an acceptable sponsor.

Acceptable sponsors
Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025) PDF 283KB

We may ask for evidence when you arrive in New Zealand.

If you don’t need to provide evidence, we’ll record it on your visa label.

Onward travel

You must have made arrangements to leave New Zealand

You don’t need to provide any evidence unless we ask you to. If we do ask for evidence, it can include:

  • your travel ticket
  • proof you have arranged to leave New Zealand at the end of your stay.

We may ask for evidence when you arrive in New Zealand.

If you don’t need to provide evidence, we’ll record it on your visa label.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

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.

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Visa conditions

Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Travelling to and Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you’re unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

Travelling to and arriving in New Zealand

Study

You can study for up to 3 months.

Work

You can work in any employment you like, as long as:

  • the work you do is legal you don’t provide commercial sexual services 
  • you don’t run or invest in a business that provides commercial sexual services
  • you have any occupational registration that’s needed to do that work in New Zealand.

Occupational registration

Travel

After you arrive, you can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Funds or sponsorship

You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand or a sponsor.

We may ask for evidence when you arrive in New Zealand.

If you don’t need to provide evidence, we’ll record it on your visa label.

Onward travel

You must have made arrangements to leave New Zealand at the end of your stay.

We may ask for evidence when you arrive in New Zealand.

If you don’t need to provide evidence, we’ll record it on your visa label.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.