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Thread: Applying for a partnership residence visa from overseas during covid

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    Default Applying for a partnership residence visa from overseas during covid

    Hi
    I am eligible for a partnership permanent residence visa (I currently live in the UK). I have acquired all the required evidence/medical etc for this and now wish to apply. On the application form it says I require an "invitation to apply" number. I therefore applied for the ITA and on the application form stated that I wished to apply for a partnership residence visa. They have issued me an ITA number but have stated that this us valid for a critical purpose visitor visa. Obviously I would prefer to apply for PR visa, and I realise that this will take longer to process.

    I've now reviewed these forums and now wonder whether I can even apply for a partnership residence visa at all during covid. I realise that the offices are closed and that the application may take longer to be processed, but does that prevent me from applying?

    Thanks in advance.

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    You need to go to the INZ website and then login in to apply for a visa - click Partner or Child Visa. Start completing the application details, and select the type of visa you want - based on what you've said it sounds like you are applying for a Residence class visa based on your partnership with a New Zealand citizen. You don't need an ITA to apply for this. However if you are intending to travel to New Zealand soon-ish, you should consider applying for the Critical Purpose VV (with your ITA) or a temporary visa based on partnership. The processing time for a residence visa can be quite lengthy (10 - 12 months), but this varies a lot depending on a variety of factors including how thorough your application is.

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    Thanks very much for the reply. That's really helpful.

    Do you happen to know - if I apply for a residence class visa, is there a time limit for first entry into NZ? And is that time from when the visa is issued?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebby123 View Post
    Do you happen to know - if I apply for a residence class visa, is there a time limit for first entry into NZ? And is that time from when the visa is issued?
    INZ states: "If your partner is a New Zealand citizen and the two of you have been living together outside of New Zealand for 5 years or more, you may be granted a permanent resident visa." (Emphasis mine)

    Whether you are granted a resident visa or a permanent resident visa is solely at the discretion of INZ. You won't know which you are getting until it is done.

    IIRC, if you are granted a resident visa, you have one year from the date it is granted to enter NZ. If it is a permanent resident visa, there is no "enter by" date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewKiwi View Post
    INZ states: "If your partner is a New Zealand citizen and the two of you have been living together outside of New Zealand for 5 years or more, you may be granted a permanent resident visa." (Emphasis mine)

    Whether you are granted a resident visa or a permanent resident visa is solely at the discretion of INZ. You won't know which you are getting until it is done.
    Actually, the criteria to grant a Permanent Resident Visa to an applicant for a Resident Visa under the Partnership Category are well defined at F2.5.1.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewKiwi View Post
    IIRC, if you are granted a resident visa, you have one year from the date it is granted to enter NZ. If it is a permanent resident visa, there is no "enter by" date.
    It is indeed one year: see R5.66.1.

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    Many thanks for the replies. I do meet the eligibility criteria for the permanent residence visa. It doesn't look like you can specify on the application form, so I guess I will outline on the cover letter how I meet those critera that you have helpfully linked to

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