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Requirements for a New Zealand Partnership-Based Work Visa

If you're looking to join your partner in New Zealand and embark on a new chapter together, the Partnership-Based Work Visa might be your gateway. The following outlines the requirements and steps for you to help secure this visa.

Eligibility for a Partnership-Based Work Visa

To be eligible for a Partnership-Based Work Visa, you must meet these key criteria:

  • Genuine Relationship: You and your partner must have a genuine and stable relationship, substantiated by shared commitments, responsibilities, and an intention to reside together.

  • Partner's Eligibility: Your partner in New Zealand must be a New Zealand citizen or resident, or hold a work or student visa; and they must not have any convictions for anything related to domestic violence or sexual crimes.

  • Health and Character:  You must meet health and character requirements.

  • Age Limit: There is no specific age limit (although your partner must be 18), but Immigration New Zealand assesses the overall circumstances of your partnership.


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Navigating the complexities of a partnership-based work visa can be daunting. At MILNZ, we take great care in helping you understand and navigate this process. If you're interested in working in New Zealand on a partnership-based visa, our experienced team is here to guide you every step of the way.

Financial and Emotional Support

Demonstrate that your partner can provide you with:

  • Financial Support: Your partner must show that they can financially support you during your stay in New Zealand. This typically involves meeting specific income requirements.

  • Emotional Support: Evidence of a loving and committed relationship is crucial, including joint responsibilities, shared financial commitments, and proof of living together.

Application Process

Navigating the application process for a Partnership-Based Work Visa involves several steps:

  1. Collect Required Documents: Gather essential documents, including evidence of your relationship, financial support, and identity documents.

  2. Submit the Application: Complete and submit your application online.

  3. Pay the Fees: Pay the application fee, which varies depending on your location and the type of visa you're applying for.

  4. Interview or Verification: You may be required to attend an interview (although most applications are decided ‘on the papers’; or provide additional information to verify your relationship.

  5. Decision and Visa Issuance: After processing, you'll receive a decision on your visa application. If approved, you'll be issued a Partnership-Based Work Visa.

Visa Duration and Conditions

A Partnership-Based Work Visa is usually issued for a period of either 12 or 24 months, depending on your circumstances.

Residence Pathway

If you wish to make New Zealand your permanent home, the Partnership-Based Work Visa can serve as a stepping stone to residency. Having lived together for at least 12 months, you may become eligible for partnership-based residence.

Experience the joy of reuniting with your partner and building a future together in New Zealand through the Partnership-Based Work Visa. Navigate the application process successfully and start your exciting journey side by side.

How our team can support you in the process

The New Zealand Partnership-Based Work Visa offers a way for partners to be together and build a life in New Zealand. By meeting the eligibility criteria and navigating the application process successfully, you can embark on this exciting journey with your loved one.

However, these Visas will often cause significant frustration for those applicants who may well be eligible applicants, but simply do not / or cannot supply INZ with the documentation required; and therefore, should not be underestimated. If you are having issues with documentation, or need help, contact us.



Tim McSweeney

Immigration Lawyer


Kera WanG

Senior Consultant

Head of Asia Business


Kim Saran Lee

Immigration Lawyer


Danica Bandojo

Immigration Consultant


Sophya Guimarães

Immigration Consultan



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