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    Default Partnership Work Visa Declined - Washington Branch

    Hi guys, so here's how the story goes:

    I am Russian and my boyfriend is Kiwi and we both reside in Canada. He was my roommate since May in the same house and that's how we met and started dating. In August we decided to move into the same room to save on rent and collect evidence for the visa. We applied in October and I have just received my passport saying the application has been declined since we have only been together for 2 months and they are not satisfied that the relationship is stable and genuine. His working holiday visa here is expiring next week and we are absolutely devastated.

    We did not have a joint bank account or a rental lease contract but we sent photos, bank statements sent to the same address and letters of support from friends and our landlord. We are both 23 years old and do not own any property together or do not have any legal binding documents which means there is no more evidence we can possibly provide.

    I have no idea what can we do since I have been declined and he has to leave back to New Zealand next week. Has anyone had any hope after being declined?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katrgsm View Post
    Hi guys, so here's how the story goes:

    I am Russian and my boyfriend is Kiwi and we both reside in Canada. He was my roommate since May in the same house and that's how we met and started dating. In August we decided to move into the same room to save on rent and collect evidence for the visa. We applied in October and I have just received my passport saying the application has been declined since we have only been together for 2 months and they are not satisfied that the relationship is stable and genuine. His working holiday visa here is expiring next week and we are absolutely devastated.

    We did not have a joint bank account or a rental lease contract but we sent photos, bank statements sent to the same address and letters of support from friends and our landlord. We are both 23 years old and do not own any property together or do not have any legal binding documents which means there is no more evidence we can possibly provide.

    I have no idea what can we do since I have been declined and he has to leave back to New Zealand next week. Has anyone had any hope after being declined?
    Im not an expert but I have done a LOT of research on partnership based visas as my girlfriend has been given a limited visa (from the Moscow branch) so we can live together in NZ to gather evidence for a partnership visa. Knowing what I know, I do not think the evidence you provided would be enough alone, you have to put yourself in the CO's position, they do not know you or your partner at all, and they need to see many different types of evidence that you can provide which will suggest you are connected together as a couple and depend on each other.

    I believe the evidence you provided is commonly used evidence, however you need to provide many different types of evidence, its easy to think a partnership visa will be approved when you are a genuine couple, but you really need to put together an application to prove to a complete stranger (the CO) that you are in fact a couple, there are a few ways you could have done this in your situation, such as buying some things you could both use for the house and transferring money to each others account, however I guess in your situation you would not be able to get joint bills which I understand is strong evidence of partnership and living together.

    I believe your only option now may be to apply for a visitor visa to be with your partner in NZ, but make sure you are honest about your intentions as they will know your partner is a NZ'er and he would be the main reason you want to come here, if you lie, you will ruin any future chance of coming to NZ in my opinion. I strongly believe they will grant a limited visa first, as I have herd this is normal for the Moscow branch, and the same thing happened to my partner.

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    I agree with what the previous poster has said. Also, when applying for a partner-sponsored temporary work visa, INZ normally only take things seriously where there is about three months' solid evidence.

    Here are old threads on the matter of evidence which may give you some ideas. https://www.google.co.uk/#q=site:enz...tnership+proof

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