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    Hi all, I have a few questions please for my sister. She and her family (bro in law and 2 kids) immigrated to NZ all together. My bro in law's parents sponsored him, so his family all came here.

    They are currently on resident status. Marriage has failed and they have thought about divorce. Besides children custody issues, they have a few questions an hope NZ forum could help answering please:

    1. If they file for divorce now and divorce is final, would my sister and their kids lose residency to even apply for citizenship later on knowing they were derivatives of my bro in law?

    2. If either party wants to marry another foreigner outside of NZ, can he/she sponsor that person to come here to live in NZ? If so, how long does it take for a resident to sponsor that and for a NZ citizen to sponsor that person?

    3. Can he/she sponsor that foreigner right after the divorce is final or have to wait certain time to do that?

    Thanks!

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    If your sister and her children have Residence visas in their passports, they are fine to stay in NZ. There is a mechanism to entitle a person who was a secondary applicant for Residence to get PR in their own right in the event that the partnership breaks down. See RV1.20.1 and RV1.20.5. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/45650.htm

    2. and 3. The answers are here. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra.../nzpartner.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by JandM View Post
    If your sister and her children have Residence visas in their passports, they are fine to stay in NZ. There is a mechanism to entitle a person who was a secondary applicant for Residence to get PR in their own right in the event that the partnership breaks down. See RV1.20.1 and RV1.20.5. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/45650.htm

    2. and 3. The answers are here. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra.../nzpartner.htm
    Thank you. I cannot seem to find information how long it takes for residents to get foreign spouse here vs. NZ citizen to get spouse here. Do you know the difference in time?

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    I don't think there is any difference built into the system. NZ nationals and NZ residents have equal rights to sponsor their foreign partners. But as you can see in the second link I posted above, there are some restrictions on when a second 'round' of sponsoring can happen, in some cases.

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