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    Hi,

    I just received an email from the Immigration New Zealand Case Officer stating that I have been approved a Partnership-based temporary visa. What does this specifically mean - does it mean I'm also eligible for work permit also or not? My wife is already in NZ on a student visa level 8 Post Graduation course.

    Earlier my application was mistakenly assessed as a visitor visa, however, when I requested the Case Officer for clarification, they apologized stating that it was an error from their side and further stated that my application will be assessed as applied - partnership based temporary visa. I also explicitly stated in my application as "work permit" in my covering letter as part of my application.

    Can someone help me understand the type of visa that I might have received approval for? I'm hoping for a work permit approval.

    Thanks a lot.

    Famed

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    I don't think anyone here can be certain what visa it is they are giving you. After what you have said (that they admitted their mistake, etc.), it OUGHT to be the work visa you requested, but the words 'partner-based temporary visa' are not specific, and do not refer to one particular visa. The normal name for the visa you wanted is 'partner-sponsored temporary work visa'. If you decide to email in answer to the INZ CO, you could ask if that is what you have.

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    Hi JandM, thank you for all your help and advise so far. I just received my work visa. My medical results of sputum is few weeks away but it appears that based on the written statement by the doctor who treated me (and subsequently that statement was uploaded via eMedical) many years ago, they have given me a green signal by granting the visa since my X-ray only has a small scar. What do I need to do about the eMedical? This is confusing.

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    I don't think you need to do anything about the eMedical. They've granted the visa, and that's the only reason for which the medical was required. When the test result comes, keep the record of it in case of future need, that's all.

    Congratulations on the visa!

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    Thank you JandM. You've been extremely helpful.

    I remember the panel hospital telling me that once the sputum results are ready, I'll need to take get another X-ray followed by a final consultation with the TB specialist.

    Do I still go ahead with it or just tell them that I have already been granted the visa and they're free to upload the results (100% believe that they will be negative).

    Also,

    what is the difference between work visa and work permit?
    How soon can I apply for PR?
    My wife is a student in NZ. Any chances of me sponsoring her in the future or will I need to be a dependent?
    If I join an accredited employer, are my chances of PR brighter? I understand that the minimum wages must be at least NZ $ 55000 per year.

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    In your place, I would still go ahead with what they told you (the X-ray and final consultation), so as to have the complete record that you have been found all clear at this time, JUST IN CASE the issue crops up again in the future.

    what is the difference between work visa and work permit?
    Since 2010, NZ doesn't use the term 'work permit' any more. A visa is what gives you the right to live and work in NZ, for whatever length of time and under what conditions it states.
    How soon can I apply for PR?
    If you get a skilled job in NZ, for which you have the necessary qualifications, meeting the conditions mentioned for applying for Residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, then you can put in your EOI immediately. See the various INZ web pages on the subject. Start here http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...nt/default.htm and follow the links through the whole section. (However, the points indicator can be misleading, so I recommend looking here http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/6954.htm instead. SM6 has a chart with all the points, and the other sections have the regulations needed for claiming under each heading.)

    Notice, it is Residence you would get first if successful. PR is a different visa that you could only apply for after living in NZ on a resident visa for a minimum of two years.
    My wife is a student in NZ. Any chances of me sponsoring her in the future or will I need to be a dependent?
    If you get residence, or a work visa in your own right, you could include your wife in the residence application, or sponsor her for a partner-sponsored temporary work visa. Or if she gets residence or the work visa first, she could include or sponsor you.
    If I join an accredited employer, are my chances of PR brighter? I understand that the minimum wages must be at least NZ $ 55000 per year.
    If you are offered a job by an accredited employer, they are able to sponsor you for a Work To Residence visa, which will enable you to move on to a Residence visa after two years working for them. So the fact of going to an accredited employer has the advantage that you know from the outset that you WILL be able to get Residence if you stay with them. Here are the details about WTR. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra.../caniworkinnz/ And here are the details about applying for Residence From Work after the two years. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...iworkfromresi/ (That is when the requirement comes in for earning a minimum of $55,000 a year.) Also, if at the end of the two years, you are earning a minimum of $90,000, you can be granted PR straight away, not having to spend the two years on Residence first. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/30628.htm

    But some people on a WTR prefer to apply for Residence under SMC straight away. The Residence gained is just the same by the two routes. The advantage of having Residence over having either a temporary work visa or WTR is that those are both limited to working for one, named, employer, whereas with Residence, you can go to any job you are offered, skilled or not.

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