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Working if your partner is in NZ

Depending on your partner’s situation, you can apply for a visa to work in New Zealand while they’re here working or studying, or if they’re a New Zealand citizen or resident.

For information about visa extensions during COVID-19, visit the Immigration NZ website.

COVID-19: Key updates — Immigration NZ

If you’re living with your partner in a stable relationship you can apply to work here while they’re in New Zealand. You do not need to find a job before you apply.

Partnership — definition

If your partner works in NZ and you want to join them

If your partner is working here, you might be able to work here too. Check if your partner’s work visa allows you to join them.

Work visa holder supporting family

If you’re granted a visa it will be the same length as your partner’s. You must be able to prove that you can support yourself while you’re in New Zealand.

Visa factsheet: Partner of a Worker Work Visa

If your partner is an NZ citizen or resident

You can apply to join your partner and work here as long as you continue to live together in New Zealand for the same period of time.

Your partner must support your application and also be eligible to support your application for residence if you decide to stay.

Visa factsheet: Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa

If your partner is studying here

The partners of some students studying in New Zealand can join them to work here — it depends on what your partner is studying or if they’re on a NZ Aid Programme Scholarship.

Student visa holders supporting visas for family

If you’re granted a visa it will be the same length as your partner’s. You must be able to prove that you can support yourself while you’re in New Zealand.

Visa factsheet: Partner of a Student Work Visa

Visa factsheet: Partner of an NZ Aid Student Work Visa

If your partner is in the military

If your partner has been posted to New Zealand as the member of another country’s defence force or diplomatic staff, then you can work in New Zealand while they’re here. It’s free to apply for this visa.

Visa factsheet: Partner of Military work visa

How to apply

You can apply for a partnership visa online. Your partner also needs to complete a form in support of your application.

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