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    Hello, we're going to New Zealand on a visit visa and starting the immigration process from there. The thing is this, my wife is Norwegian and only gets a 3 month visit visa whereas I'm British and will get 6 months. I read somewhere that that she would be 'upgraded' to 6 months along with me but I can't find that info. Does anyone know? I've sent a email to NZIS but no response so far...

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    Who can you include in your application?

    You can include your partner and your dependent children in your application. Their visitor’s visa/permit will have the same conditions as yours – if they want to study or work in New Zealand they will have to apply for a student or work visa/permit.

    Your partner can be of the same sex or opposite sex, and can be:

    • your partner by marriage
    • your partner by civil union
    • your partner in a de facto relationship.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post
    Who can you include in your application?

    You can include your partner and your dependent children in your application. Their visitor’s visa/permit will have the same conditions as yours – if they want to study or work in New Zealand they will have to apply for a student or work visa/permit.

    Your partner can be of the same sex or opposite sex, and can be:

    • your partner by marriage
    • your partner by civil union
    • your partner in a de facto relationship.


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    Thanks Mother Bear, thanks for the reply,I knew I had seen it somewhere!

    Unfortunately, I'm still slightly confused. We're both from visa free countries which means we'll fill the arrival card on the plane and we'll never fill our an visa application which is what I believe this paragraph is referring to.

    It makes sense to me that the wife will just get the same conditions but I'm not booking flights until NZIS have confirmed this.

    I will report back with my findings! thanks again

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    Quick update.... it took two attempts to get the right answer for NZIS. On the the first answer they just repeated the information given on the website (which I had explained that I already knew in the first question)....thanks. I then example the same question again, and they explain this time that I would get the 6 month visa (British passport) and the wife would only get three months (Norwegian). So she would have to apply for a 6 month visa from home first so they match.

    Hope this info helps others in the same predicament.

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