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Can a spouse or fiancé be included in the application?

I want to bring my family, including my dependent parents and a sibling, with me to New Zealand. Is this possible? What about my fiancé? Do we have to be married when we apply or married for a certain length of time before the application is submitted? Can I apply and add him later once we’re married?

  • NAA Immigration and Education Ltd
    October 29, 2018

    You may include your spouse or fiancé in your application as long as you can prove that you have lived together in a genuine and stable relationship for at least 12 months. You may sponsor your partner after you gain residency. However, you will need to address the reason why he or she was not included in the initial application. You cannot include your parents or siblings in your application for residence under investment category.

  • Global Immigration Services NZ
    October 30, 2018

    Parents and siblings cannot be included and would need to apply for any visa for New Zealand in their own right. Dependent children up to 24 (i.e., less than 25 years of age) can be included. Also, partners can be included. A fiancé could fall into this category as long as you have been physically living together in a genuine and stable relationship, likely to endure, exclusive of others, for 12 months or more. Therefore, it is all about living together and you do not need to be married.

  • November 01, 2018

    You do not have to be married to include a partner in the application. You do need to show, however, that you have been living together in a genuine and stable relationship for more than 12 months. There is no longer a category for siblings in New Zealand. The parent category is still there, but has been essentially on hold for the past years. New instructions for the parent category are expected, but have not been communicated yet.