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Partner has a student or a work visa

Good news for holders of work and student visas – your partners may as well qualify for a work visa! Find out more below.

If your partner holds a work visa

  • certain work visa holders, whose visas allow a stay in New Zealand of more than 6 months (Essential Skills Work Visas, Entrepreneur Visas, Work to Residence (granted when applied under Skilled Migrant Category), etc.), can support their partners to gain a special work visa, which may be granted for the same period as the applicant partner’s visa.
  • under these instructions applicants are not required to produce a job offer.

If your partner has a valid student visa

  • you may be eligible for a special work visa if your partner
    • Studies for a level 7 or 8 qualification on the NZQF in an area of absolute skill shortage as specified in the Long Term Skill Shortage List
    • Studies or a level 9 or 10 qualification on the NZQF
  • visas may be granted for the same period as your partner’s student visa
  • you must prove availability of funds ($4200) for maintenance during their stay
  • no job offer is required


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