I was hoping to set up a consultation in regards to a immigration question. I am a Canadian citizen currently living in

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Customer: Hi Pearl, I was hoping to set up a consultation in regards ***** ***** immigration question. I am a Canadian citizen currently living in Canada hoping to find a way to be reunited with my partner who is a Australian citizen currently residing in New Zealand.
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: Not as of yet, I had applied for a working holiday visa during covid restrictions and hold a nzeta. But have since learned that they are on hold for 6 months at a minimum. We are open to all avenues hoping to maybe apply on a visitor visa as a partner.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about the visa?
Customer: Not yet this is the first step in that direction.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I did not realise it would be so quick sorry, could i chat again in maybe 30 minutes after consulting with my partner?
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

Customer
Hi Chris, absolutely let me know, I'm sure you are receiving a lot in this vein these days
Customer
I would love to connect through a phone call, unfortunately I live in an area without cellphone reception so I could only do that through skype or another internet method.
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As you will be aware the borders are closed so it is likely that there will be real difficulty in getting an exception. Dont worry about the phone call-we can discuss this hear

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How long have you lived with your partner? Normally partnership visa are based on a minimum of 12 month together

Customer
I am aware yes, I have been staying up to date as the situation progresses. It says that partner of New Zealand residents are possibly going to be considered during the next phase of the opening process. Wil that still be on a acceptional basis?
Customer
we have been together for 3 years
Customer
the complicated aspect of our relationship is that I have been in Canada for the past year as I chose to stay close to family as my father passed away right around when my partner's visa expired
Customer
the plan was always to rejoin her in NZ around this time on a working holiday/visitor visa but that is now seemingly impossible. we are aware how difficult partnership visa's are to prove and figure more so given our circumstances
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Have you seen the Immigration website which discusses the restrictions?

Customer
I have yes, I check it regularly.
Customer
My direct question is in regards ***** ***** "visitor visa for a partner of NZ resident" exception that is being considered these days. Is that reffering to a full partner visa, or is it a visitor's visa with the knowledge of there being a partner. because the application process for each visa is very different.
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It probably is of no comfort to see many stories in the media about people in a similar position to you. But the partnership visa for a New Zealand resident gives you a residency visa, which will last usually for an initial period and then once you have been here for more than two years, can be converted into permanent residency. It is different from a visitor visa because you can work if you have a residency visa by partnership

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I do not believe many visas will be granted over the next few months, but you should certainly try to keep your visa application alive

Customer
I understand the difference between the two visas. I was wondering whether the exceptions for individuals with partners in New Zealand was more likely to be granted with one rather than the other. It is my assumption that due to economic reasons there will be even fewer visas granted that allow a foreigner to work. I am currently desperately trying to be reunited with my partner asap. the ins and outs of a longer stay in new zealand can be ironed out as the world comes back to "new normal". The government website even states some exceptional cases made for individuals without current visas such as myself. I am wondering if a visitor visa is perhaps a more viable avenue than a full on partnership visa in the short term.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

You could try for a visitor visa and apply for the partnership visa once you get here, because partnership visas take much longer to process. However on the other hand Immigration may ask why you are not seeking a partnership visa. These are unusual times and Immigration are hugely overloaded and appear to be saying no, as the easiest response in some cases

Customer
I see, would you have any further advice for couples in our position?
Customer
I would do anything to be reunited with her.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Some people have gone to the media to tell their stories, others have enlisted members of Parliament to help lobby

Customer
ok, not sure we are quite news worthy was looking for something a little more tangible haha. thanks for the advice.
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Be persistent with Immigration as well

Customer
Thank you Chris, yes i have applied for working holiday, hold an nzeta and am going to push for other visas all while submitting requests to travel explaining our circumstances. I know we are not the only ones in this situation nor do we have it the worst. Thanks again, have a nice afternoon.
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