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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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