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Thread: Can I live in NZ? SMC with partner

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2016

    Question Can I live in NZ? SMC with partner

    Hello there, I'm hoping someone can advise.

    I'm already in NZ on my visitor visa to visit my boyfriend. When I applied for this visa in Thailand, I mentioned that I'm going to visit & travel with him and provided a few proof of partnership. I got a 1-year visa (not limited), but it expires 3 months after each arrival.
    He (UK citizen) holds a working holiday visa, is currently working in NZ and going to apply for SMC. However, he can't include me as a partner in the application because we haven't been living together for 12 months.

    If I fly back to Thailand in July before my current visa expires, then we'll have lived together for 3 months and won't meet 12 months living together because he is still in NZ.

    We're thinking about me getting a WHV. To do this, I have to apply online (and the quota for Thailand is only 100 spots) and then fly back to obtain my paper in person in my home country in June. I can use this visa to live in NZ with him for a year, so he can include me on his SMC.

    Or I get a student visa. But international fees for a 1-year course would be expensive :/ And tbh, I'm not sure about any of these options because my intention can be determined that I'm not a bona fide applicant

    I'm not sure what to do in this situation as we don't want to live apart

    Advice appreciated.
    Thank you very much in advance!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    New Zealand


    How long have you lived together for, as of now? You could apply to extend you visitor visa to allow for a stay beyond 3 months. It may also be possible to add you to your partners residence application, at any time up until a decision is made on that application. If he hasn't yet even started the process, that could be 12 months away.

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