Guide to Partnership Visa in New Zealand

At CC Immigration, we understand that partnership is more than just a legal status – it’s about genuine connections and shared lives. If you’re considering applying for a Partnership Visa to join your loved one in New Zealand, here’s what you need to know about our approach:

1. What is the Definition of Partnership for INZ?

We define partnership as when two people live together in a strong and steady relationship in any of the following: 

  • a legal marriage
  • a civil union
  • a de facto relationship 

2. Supporting Partner

When you apply for a visa based on your relationship with an individual who is already a New Zealand Visa holder or a New Zealand citizen, that individual is referred to as your supporting partner.


Note: When applying for a visa as the partner of a New Zealand citizen or visa holder, your partner is required to prove that they are of a good character.


3. Meeting Minimum Requirements

To be eligible for a partnership visa, both you and your supporting partner must:

  • At least 18 years old or obtain consent from parents or guardians if you are aged 16 or 17.
  • Have met each other before applying.
  • Relationships between close relatives are not eligible for partnership visas.

What is ‘close relatives’? Close relatives are people who are prohibited from:

  • marrying each other under the Marriage Act 1995, or
  • entering into a civil union with each other under the Civil Union Act 2004.

🔗 Marriage Act 1995 | Civil Union Act 2004


4. Proving a Genuine and Stable Relationship

Evidence of having a genuine and stable relationship needs to show that:

  • others recognise your relationship
  • you make decisions and plans together
  • leisure time together
  • you parent together, if you have children 

Evidence can include: 

  • marriage or civil union certificates
  • birth certificates for any children you share
  • joint bank accounts being used frequently
  • joint ownership of any assets
  • joint credit cards or hire purchase agreements of things such as home appliances
  • any mutually agreed financial arrangements
  • cards, letters, or emails sent to you and your partner
  • chat records and communication between you and your partner
  • social media posts or photos of you together
  • letters of support that recognise your partnership. 

5. Required Evidence for Living Together

Before we can facilitate your visa application based on partnership, you must show us that you and your partner have been living together in a stable relationship.

  • Living Together:
    • spending time in each other’s homes while you each maintain your own home
    • sharing accommodation while on holiday
    • living as flatmates in the same house
  • Evidence showing you are living together can include:
    • joint ownership of, or home loan for, residential property
    • a joint rental agreement or rental receipts
    • joint utility accounts, like power or phone bills
    • joint or individual mail sent to your shared address.

Obtaining a Partnership Visa to be with your loved one in New Zealand is a big deal. We’re here at CC Immigration to make sure you understand everything you need to do. Whether it’s proving how strong your relationship is or showing you’ve been living together, we’re here to help you through it all.

Stay tuned for our next article, which we will cover more information about Supporting Partners. Connect with us for more valuable insights and guidance to help you navigate your journey toward obtaining a Partnership Visa with ease.







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