Im enquiring about options for my girlfriend who is a german native (Im a new zealand native) whose working holiday visa

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Customer: hi there, im enquiring about options for my girlfriend who is a german native (Im a new zealand native) whose working holiday visa is due to expire in a couple of months
JA: Hi. Have you talked to a New Zealand lawyer about this?
Customer: no
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: nothing beyond looking online and researching potentially a partner visa or residency
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: no
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellingtonwith more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.

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Hi Chris, thank you so much
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She can apply for a partnership visa if you have been in the relationship for more than 12 months, and you can sponsor her. Is that possible?

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My girlfriend moved to NZ with me in Mach last year and received a working holiday visa which was due to end in september, but then got extended to next year
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Have you been together 12 months?

Customer
it is possible, I'm just wondering - first of all if you believe that is the most appropriate visa, and secondly if she can work and stay in nz while it is being processed
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if she goes back to germany for a while to visit her family will that affect the visa processing status?
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we've been together for two years, 18 months of it living in nz
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She can continue to work on the working holiday visa while the partnership visa is being processed. Its best to stay here until she gets the partnership visa, as otherwise re entry could be an issue

Customer
can she apply directly for residency? As that would be longer lasting
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The partnership visa is the best path to permanent residency, and is a form of residency

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in your experience what is a typical processing timeframe for the partnership visa?
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Its not fast and currently complicated by Covid-months, possibly up to a year

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ok thanks chris
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Good luck with the application

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