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WI7.15 Evidence that the principal applicant has been in a partnership with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder (29/11/2010)

Evidence that the principal applicant has been living in a partnership with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder may include, but is not limited to, original or certified copies of:

  • an original or certified copy of a marriage certificate;
  • evidence as to the duration of the relationship;
  • correspondence (including postmarked envelopes) addressed to both principal applicant and the New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder;
  • evidence of communication between the couple;
  • photographs of the couple together;
  • documents indicating public recognition of the relationship;
  • evidence of any specific arrangements and/or engagement ceremonies which have been carried out;
  • communication between the parents of the couple and/or a person acting as a go-between or matchmaker;
  • other documents indicating public recognition of the arrangement and/or engagement ceremony;
  • confirmation from independent sources that such arrangements and/or engagement ceremonies are in accordance with the cultural custom of the parties concerned;
  • a joint mortgage, tenancy agreement or rent book;
  • birth certificates of their children;
  • proof of joint assets;
  • proof of shared income; and
  • proof of shared bank accounts.

Effective 29/11/2010

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