New Zealand spouse and partner visa processing time
In our experience, one of the most frequently asked questions is “How long will it take to complete the immigration process to bring my foreign wife, husband, de facto partner, or same sex partner to New Zealand on a family-class migrant visa after submitting a resident visa application to the New Zealand Embassy, Consulate or High Commission?”
The answer to this question depends somewhat on where your loved one lives. Processing times vary slightly from location to location, and from Embassy to Embassy. In general, the waiting time for the New Zealand immigration authorities to process an offshore spousal or partner visa application can range anywhere from 3 to 6 months. It should be noted that complex migration cases can take longer to bring to resolution and visa issuance.
If your application is "clearly approvable," meaning the immigration forms are accurate and contain all required information, and your case does not raise any serious “red flags”, a resident visa may be granted quickly. If the examining officials are not satisfied with the paper application and documentary evidence submitted as part of the initial filing package, the authorities may require your spouse or partner to appear for a personal marriage visa interview, which will probably cause a slight delay in the processing of your migration case.
We prepare all New Zealand marriage and partner visa applications in a professional manner, so that the immigration officials are encouraged to approve the application without delay, and possibly without requiring an interview. Learn more about how we handle our New Zealand resident visa cases, or contact our New Zealand visa department for a free consultation and professional eligibility assessment.