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I am going to New Zealand and will be getting married there, I am a Canadian citizen and she is a New Zealander, I am 56 and she is 60.
I would like to stay in New Zealand as she has close family there where as I do not here in Canada.
What is needed for me to do this.

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Hi, I am going to New Zealand and will be getting married there, I am a Canadian citizen and she is a New Zealander, I am 56 and she is 60. I would like to stay in New Zealand as she has close family there where as I do not here in Canada. What is needed for me to do this.
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Have you been living together and in a genuine committed relationship - if so how long ?
Can you prove it by supplying photos of your time together, joint bills, finance, mortgage or rent etc ?

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Have you been living together and in a genuine committed relationship - if so how long ?
Can you prove it by supplying photos of your time together, joint bills, finance, mortgage or rent etc ?

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No it has been online for about 6 years now, and no records have been kept.

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No it has been online for about 6 years now, and no records have been kept.

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No it has been online for about 6 years now, and no records have been kept.
Unfortunately you have little to No chance of being allowed to stay in NZ. Marriage does not count for anything to Immigration. What does count is having a current, genuine and stable relationship where you have been living together sharing life love and bills and you have all the evidence to prove this. You may be able to pull internet records, maybe Facebook/email/Skype but in all honesty I doubt that an Immigration Officer will be convinced this proves a genuine stable relationship. Of course there's nothing stopping you coming over to NZ as a visitor and getting married whilst here (don't tell immigration this though as I'd expect getting married isn't stipulated as a normal touristy thing to do). You will still have to go home at the end of your visit though. I'd say your only chance is to get a skilled job offer from an accredited NZ employer which will get you a temporary work visa in your own right for minimum 12 months. This will allow you to live and work here, live with your partner (who may well become your wife soon after arrival) then as soon as you have done 12 months you can apply for residency as the partner of an NZ citizen ?

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Is there any prospect that your partner may be able to live in Canada with you after you are married? If so, you could live there for a year or so together, which should show to NZ immigration you are committed to each other, then move to NZ??

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[QUOTE=gyrfalcon;2985745]No it has been online for about 6 years now, and no records have been kept.[/QUOTE



I moved to NZ at almost 40 to meet and have a trial relationship with my kiwi partner (now my husband). I came over on an extended visitor's Visa, that allowed for multiple entry. My arrival in Chch (to live) was the first time I met my partner in person, and the first time I had been to NZ. We had a long distance relationship which started online, and wound up being carried out by text message, video chat, skype, instant messaging apps, as well as emails. In order to be granted the extended visitor's Visa (good for 9 months), I had to show evidence of enough funds to support myself for my entire time here. I don't remember how much my bank balance was at the time, but I'm sure it was over $10k USD, and they were satisfied with that as my savings/support amount. The plan was for my partner and I to live together here in NZ to see if our relationship would be as successful "in real life." Not so much that we had doubts (we didn't), but we were aware that the unconventional nature of it would raise eyebrows with authorities. I tidied up all my loose ends in the USA, sold my house and most of my belongings, put the rest in storage, and boarded my animals with family. I gave notice at my job, and spent the last 4 weeks in the US finalizing arrangements. Conveniently my job offered to reinstate at my job, if things did not work out long term in NZ. The plan was I was going to live with my partner in NZ for a few months to gauge how things went, then I'd return to the US and we'd go from there on what needed to be done to move forward. The multi entry visitor's Visa would allow me to come back and visit/stay off and on as much as I wanted for 9 months. However, after 3 months in NZ it was clear we were going to work out long term (lifelong!), and we got married (despite what some have noted above, I DID find that INZ seemed to take the actual marriage into account--we were married at the local govt office, with just family as witnesses. Only a few pics were snapped by our family. I did not supply those in my Visa applications because I simply forgot about them [I was being married, not taking the pics!], and this was the one and only question that INZ ever asked during my road to residency: why are there no pics of your marriage?). Its (marriage) not a requirement to getting a Visa, but I think there is some weight to it that isn't indicated in the literature. Anyway, we married, and I applied for my partnership based work Visa around the same time (I think before we married though), and provided them with documentation from our long distance relationship, as well as reams of evidence of our "togetherness" since being a couple in NZ. My partnership work Visa was granted through the one year mark of my arrival in NZ (in other words, it gave me 3 additional months more than the extended visitor's Visa did, which gave my partner and I a total of 12 months living together). This Visa, of course, requires you to submit all the same stuff as any other work Visa, medical clearance, chest x-ray, police background clearance, etc. So, you need to be certain that there is nothing in your current or historical medical history that would prevent them from approving your Visa. NZ authorities are not interested in accepting anyone who will add to the already over-taxed public health system--so be aware of this!
In any case, it IS possible to get a Visa and become a resident, even if you've never lived with your partner. You just need to be genuinely committed and "together" at some point, and be able to prove that. I came over on a visitor's Visa, and gained residency 13 months later without any problem. I'm not saying it will be as easy for you, just saying that it IS possible.

Hope the info helps.

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