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E4.10 Definition of 'ordinarily resident' in New Zealand

  1. For the purpose of sponsorship (see E6), a person is considered to be ‘ordinarily resident’ in New Zealand where an immigration officer is satisfied that New Zealand is their primary place of established residence at the time specified in immigration instructions.
  2. Evidence that New Zealand is a person’s primary place of established residence may include but is not limited to original or certified copies of:
    • correspondence addressed to the person;
    • employment records;
    • records of benefit payments from the Ministry of Social Development;
    • banking records;
    • rates demands;
    • Inland Revenue records;
    • mortgage documents;
    • tenancy and utility supply agreements;
    • documents showing that the person’s household effects have been moved to New Zealand.

The presence or absence of any of the documents listed above is not determinative. Each case will be decided on the basis of all the evidence provided.

Effective 29/11/2010


E4.1 Who may be included in an application

E4.5 Temporary entry class visa for partners and dependent children

E4.15 Where to lodge an application

E4.20 Where an application will be processed

E4.25 Date an application is lodged

E4.30 Date an application is made

E4.35 Receipt of applications

E4.40 How an application must be lodged

E4.45 Applications not lodged in the prescribed manner

E4.50 Requirements for lodging an application for a temporary entry class visa

E4.55 Bonds

E4.60 Payment of the fee and immigration levies

E4.65 How supporting documents must be submitted

E4.70 Status of applicant on lodging an application

E4.75 Obligation to inform of all relevant facts, including changed circumstances (to 25/09/2023)

E4.80 DNA testing for verifying claimed relationships

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