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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

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