Work Visa – Family Stream

Partners of a new zealand citizen or resident

A person who is the partner of a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand permanent resident may be eligible for an open work visa. Normally these visas are initially issued for a 12 month term, as most applicants would progress in this time to a residence application. However such visas can be extended for a second 12 month term as required.

A visa for 2 year may be granted when both partners have been living together for more than 12 months.

An open work visa allows the partner, should they wish, to work for any employer in any position and/or work in positions of self-employment.

Partner of a new zealand work or student visa holder

A person who is the partner of a long term work visa holder (> 6 months) or particular student visa holders may also be eligible to apply for an open work visa. In such cases visas are issued to the same date as the partner’s visa. This means that if your partner’s visa runs to 20 February next year, your visa will as well.

An open work visa allows the partner, should they wish, to work for any employer in any position and/or work in positions of self-employment.

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