SPOUSE OR PARTNER VISA FOR NZ To be granted a Residence Visa for New Zealand you and your partner (marriage/no marriage) will need to meet the basic requirements for partners. To be eligible you will need to prove you:- Are living together (and have been for a minimum of 12 months) in a genuine and stable relationship; Are both aged 18 years or older (or can provide evidence of parental/guardian/other consent if either of you are 16 or 17 years of age); Met each other prior to your application being made; and Are not close relatives. You must provide evidence supporting the claims made in your application showing:- Your partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident; The sponsorship and support from your partner is genuine; and Your relationship is genuine and stable, and has lasted for the minimum period of 12 months. You must also be able to meet all health and character requirements, and  You must meet the minimum English language ability to qualify for a New Z