PARTNER OF A WORKER WORK VISA

The New Zealand Partner of a Worker Work Visa enables the partners of work visa holders to also work in New Zealand.  

MORE ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND PARTNER OF A WORKER WORK VISA

WHAT THIS VISA ALLOWS:

Partner of a Worker Work Visa holders can:

  • Join their partner in New Zealand for the duration of the partner’s work visa
  • Work in New Zealand
  • Study for up to three months

THE REQUIREMENTS:

To apply for a Partner of a Worker Work Visa, candidates must:

  • Live together in a genuine and stable relationship with their partner
  • Have a partner with an acceptable work visa who’s eligible to sponsor their application and of good character
  • Have enough money to live on while in New Zealand
  • Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements

MORE INFORMATION ON PROVING THE RELATIONSHIP:

Partner of a Worker Work Visa applicants must prove that they are living together in a stable and genuine relationship with an eligible work visa holder. 

The evidence of the relationship must show the following: 

  • How long the couple has been together
  • How long the couple has been living together
  • That the couple spends time together (photos, email exchanges, social media conversations, etc.)
  • Shared finances and other responsibilities
  • Support for the relationship from the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is 16 or 17

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCEPTABLE WORK VISAS:

Immigration New Zealand will check their records to see if the applicant’s partner has an acceptable work visa. 

Unfortunately, the applicant is not eligible for a Partner of a Worker Work Visa if the partner’s work visa was granted for: 

  • Six months or less
  • A working holiday 
  • Lower-skilled work as an Essential Skills Visa or Accredited Employer Work Visa holder
  • Work with a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)
  • The opportunity to look for work as a skilled migrant 

Some other work visas will not allow your partner to support your application.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Visa applicants won’t have to provide evidence of funds for the duration of their stay unless asked to by Immigration New Zealand. 

If Immigration New Zealand does request evidence, applicants can use the following as proof:

  • Bank statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Bank drafts
  • Travellers’ cheques
  • a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’ completed by an acceptable sponsor

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Migrants do not need a job offer to apply for a Partner of a Worker Work Visa. 

Immigration New Zealand requires that partners live together in a stable and genuine relationship. The visa applicant must prove the relationship by submitting evidence that substantiates the relationship, such as shared finances and photos of the couple together. 

Partner of a Worker Work Visa holders can’t include dependent children in their visa application. Instead, children must apply for visas based on their relationship to the visa applicant. 

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