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Partnership Visa

If your partner is a New Zealand resident or citizen, and you have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship, you may be eligible for a partnership visa to stay in New Zealand with your partner.

It is not necessary for you to be legally married to your partner, the visa is open to those in a civil union or in a de facto relationship.

However, you will be subject to the minimum requirements for the recognition of partnerships as below.

You and your supporting partner must:

  • be aged 18 or over, or if they're aged 16 or 17 years, have the consent of their parents or guardians

  • have met each other before applying for a visa based on your partnership

  • not be close relatives.

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