Home Policy Overview Residence Visas Family (Partner)

If you have a "genuine and stable relationship" with a New Zealand resident or citizen, then you may be able to apply for residence under this category. You will need to have lived together for at least 12 months, and your relationship with your sponsoring partner must be genuine and stable.

Regardless of whether you have been living together for several years, or have children from the relationship, Immigration New Zealand will still want to see documents that will back up your claim, so ensure that you keep a record of relevant paperwork.


  • meet general requirements; and
  • meet relationship requirements; and
  • meet sponsor requirements.

General requirements

General requirements include paying correct application fee, using prescribed Immigration New Zealand form, meeting health/character requirements, and being a 'bona fide' (genuine) applicant.

Relationship requirements

You must have been living together with your sponsoring partner for at least 12 months in a partnership that is genuine and stable. It is not a requirement that you be married to the sponsoring partner. The term 'partnership' includes legal marriages, civil unions and de facto relationships.

Sponsor requirements

Your sponsoring partner must meet the following:

  • must not have acted as a partner in more than one previous successful residence class visa application (whether as principal applicant or as partner); and
  • must not have acted as a partner in a successful application for a residence class visa (whether as principal applicant or as partner) in the five years immediately preceding the date the current application is made; and
  • the New Zealand partner cannot, in the seven years prior to the date the application is made, have been the perpetrator of an incident of domestic violence which has resulted in the grant of a resident visa to a person under the category for victims of domestic violence; and
  • must meet general character requirement.
Last modified: 08 Feb 2015 12:56