Working visa for a trial period

Old Oct 11th 2016, 9:02 pm
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Hi, i got married to my Kiwi wife in NZ last December and we're considering our options.

I'm a chef in the UK and have been for the last 22 years (i'm 39). I live with my Kiwi wife here in the UK atm.

Now, i know that i need to decide where we would like to spend our future before i reach 45 so that i can build a pension pot in NZ, if we decide that's where we want to be, however, i would like to spend a trial period in NZ next year for 4 months (November to March). I will obviously need to get a working visa for this, which shouldn't be a problem as i'm on the desired jobs list.

However, once i get my visa, and work a trial period for 4 months and return to the UK, what would happen with my visa? Could i then change it to a family stream visa after 2 years, or will it become redundant? I don't want to waste it if i'll miss out on the chance to reside in NZ completely, but at the same time, i don't want to throw everything away on the toss of a coin (hypothetically). So, what are my options.

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Old Oct 12th 2016, 3:24 am
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I would just go for the partnership visa straight off, that entitles to work and would be the least problematic in my opinion.
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Old Oct 12th 2016, 5:50 pm
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I have to concede,finding the right visa, and fees is confusing me, I've found the cost of a work / partner visa which is £228, is that for a 2 year visa? And although the permanent residency visa supported by my wife is there, it doesn't say how much it costs etc, i can't seem to email my questions either. Also, it's a different price I'd you apply from NZ, does that mean I can apply as a visitor when I'm there in January? Is there anybody here who has applied for the permanent residency with a Kiwi partner recently? Thanks
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Its a PR visa: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...-resident-visa

it would be quicker done in the UK, but you could always start it there and once you have been agreed you can ask for it to be transferred over to NZ for the visa to be added to your passport. that way you do not need to give up your passport for any amount of time.
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So to clarify, on the fees page, is that a residents visa: family category?
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no I would look at, Work: Work Visa Partner of NZ citizen/resident
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Hi, I have another question.
I'm visiting NZ in January for 3 weeks, obviously I'll have my passport stamped which will allow me 6 months on a visitors visa, hypothetically, could I then apply for my residency work partner visa from inside NZ and stay in NZ and await the outcome there? I have the means to support myself for that period.
How would I go about chest x ray and police checks if I did it that way? Do it before or whilst there. Also, the wait time here in UK would be 4 months, would it be the same there?

Sorry to be a pain, just weighing all my options up.
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no pain, all good.

times here are longer as they process more applications here.
You could apply here but you would need to have a return/onward flight out of the country or you wouldn't be allowed on the plane in the first place.
Medicals can be done here as for police checks you would need to apply for them from the UK so you would have to factor in the processing times for this and then posting to you here.
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I do have a return flight booked, I arrive 10th Jan nz and my return flight leaves on 1st Feb. So, what would happen there, if my visa isn't approved, I'd have to book another flight as visa agency would have my passport?
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ahh ok no point starting in NZ then, just get the application in, we submitted our application in person, but in 2011 they were still doing them at NZ House, so not sure if they do personal drop offs. We had our passports with us, the guy who went through the application took them, photo copied them and gave them back. We then went through the visa stage. started in UK, myself and the kids, OH was on a temp work visa, had come over on visitors visa during the process and we got approved a month after we landed, asked UK if we could have our application stamped in NZ and they were more than happy to send it through once they had tied up the application just for us to get the visa in.
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Hmm, I was trying to save flying back here and back there again. I'd have started the application here straight away but they say it'd take 4 months. I obviously need my passport back before January so I can fly. I wish I'd known about this earlier now as I'd have applied months ago. Grr
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ahh so you don't particularly want to use the return flight, gottcha.
only option I can see is if you have sent the passport in ask them for it back, they can take their photocopy and put it in the application.
Then when you have the all clear ask them to transferred to NZ.
I am at a lose as to why you didn't book a return flight for 6 months if you wanted to stay here? is it possible to change it??
Seems NZ may also be 4months to process, so a 6mths visitors visa would be ok if all things align and you supply all the documentation and there are no little hiccups like medical referrals
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We booked originally for a holiday hence 3 weeks in NZ with a week in Bangkok on the way back.

We've decided it'll be best now to aim to return to NZ around October next year now, gives us more time to sort my visa out and save more money and sell stuff etc.
I have applied for a bank account with ANZ today so I can get that sorted in January so I can put money in there ready for us, anything else that would be advised that we could do in January to help us when we do finally get over there permanently?
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I personally, with the recent immigration changes, get the visa sorted as soon as possible. It is possible they could go the same way as the UK and not immediately allow partnership visas. Not saying they will but with everything you never know.
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I will echo MrsF. If you are set to come and live in NZ with your Kiwi partner , whether it be for a trial or perm. best get started on that now.

Yes. You can do your meds and police check from within NZ.
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