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If you are applying for a visa based on your partnership, find out how we define partnership and what evidence you can provide to show your relationship is genuine.

How we define partnership

We define partnership as 2 people of the opposite or same sex, who live together in a genuine and stable relationship in any of the following:

What it means to be in a partnership

You must be able to show us that you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship before we can grant you a visa based on your partnership.

Living together

Living together means sharing the same home as your partner.

This does not include:

If your partner is an NZ citizen or holds an NZ visa

When you apply for a visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand visa holder or New Zealand citizen, we call that person your supporting partner.

You and your supporting partner must:

Supporting partner character requirements


If you and your partner are coming together through a culturally arranged marriage, the rules are different.

Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa

Providing evidence of your partnership

Evidence of your relationship needs to show that:

If you can, provide evidence from official sources with your visa application so you can show us you are in a genuine and stable relationship.

For example, a joint tenancy agreement showing the date that you and your partner started renting a property together is better than your friend writing us a letter to tell us how long you have been living together.

Official evidence could include:

Other evidence could include:

How we assess partnership

When we assess your visa application, we will consider things like:

We will also look at your living and financial arrangements, including:

If you have not always lived together

If you and your partner have spent time living apart, you should provide information about your separation, including:

We will use the information you provide to assess how living apart affected your partnership.