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Hopefully I will be moving out to nz at the beginning of next year with my girlfriend. I'm hoping to get a transfer with my current company so shouldn't have a problem getting my residency visa sorted out. I would like to bring my girlfriend out on my visa if possible, however I believe you have to have been living together for at least 12months?
We have only been living together for a month and we plan to move to my parents house in the next few months to save some money up for the big move. Providing will still keep our joint bank account will this still be classed as living together? What evidence is needed?

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Hopefully I will be moving out to nz at the beginning of next year with my girlfriend. I'm hoping to get a transfer with my current company so shouldn't have a problem getting my residency visa sorted out. I would like to bring my girlfriend out on my visa if possible, however I believe you have to have been living together for at least 12months?
We have only been living together for a month and we plan to move to my parents house in the next few months to save some money up for the big move. Providing will still keep our joint bank account will this still be classed as living together? What evidence is needed?

Thanks for any info
Andy
Short answer: living together is living together, whether it is in your own place, or with relatives, BUT, you will need evidence to meet INZ criteria.

Long answer: without living together for 12 months, you'll still be able to sponsor your g/f, just not for *residency* -- until you've lived together for that time (12 months). In the mean time, you should be able to sponsor her for a partnership based work Visa. She will NOT be *required* to work, but the Visa allows her to work (in any industry she chooses), if she wants to. She will still be required to provide all the same documents as a traditional work Visa: medical exam, chest x-ray, police certificate/background clearance, etc. When you submit that Visa application you'll need to provide evidence of your relationship: statements on joint accounts you hold (copies), mail addressed to the both of you at the same address, photographs, testimonials from friends and family (and testimonials from the both of you as well, outlining the course of your relationship). You will want to reach back to gather evidence from the earliest time you can--i.e., if you traveled together and have documents from that: flight itineraries, hotel and/or flight reservations, mail addressed to you both at your address of the place you first lived together in, energy bills, cable bills, etc. If you don't have joint accounts for power or tv or whatever, if you each had different accounts but at the same address at the same time, get bill statements from the same time frame for what you did have and show them together: you have power bill in YOUR name for months XYZ, she has cable bill in her name at same address for months XYZ also. Have your parents provide a letter affirming you both lived together under their roof while saving money, and what the time frame was, etc. If you provide evidence, a partnership based work Visa should be granted. That Visa will be granted usually to the date of her arrival in NZ, to the exact date of one year on the soil. That means that when that first partnership based work Visa is about to elapse (a month or so before it does), you will need to re-apply for the same Visa, and provide additional evidence that your relationship has continued upon your arrival here--same stuff: joint accounts, mail addressed to both of you at the same address, pictures of you together, trip itineraries and flight reservations, etc. She'll then be granted a one year partnership based work Visa which will get you both past the "living together for 12 months mark," at which point she can apply for residency.

Hope the info helps. And don't forget to check into the costs, as each Visa has a separate fee that will be required. And, once she gets residency, she'll be charged an additional fee called a "migrant levy" of about $300+NZD. All the fees are on the INZ website, so calculating your cost, so you'll know ahead what it will be shouldn't be too hard.

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Kim

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Old 27th January 2014, 07:33 PM
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Thanks for that detailed post, some great info there. Perhaps we could get the ball rolling even quicker!

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