Question Details: A friend of mine brought a partner he met overseas back to NZ on a partnership visa. His partner will be granted residency after two years. It has now been one year, and my friend wants to end the relationship. However, he does not want to be the one to force her to go home when she has good friends and a job here. Is there any way that she could stay in the country if they do separate?
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The person can stay if she qualifies for a different visa.
If the partnership ends, she will no longer qualify for the partnership visa. However, there are different visas that she might be able to apply for. Her options depend on a lot of different facts. If they have used a lawyer or immigration adviser in the past, they could talk to that person again about her options. Otherwise they could look at the options on Immigration New Zealand's website: www.immigration.govt.nz.
It is also important that your friend does not breach his obligations to Immigration New Zealand. If he is supporting his partner for residence and that partnership ends, he must inform Immigration New Zealand immediately.
All the categories of possible visas can be found at: www.immigration.govt.nz.
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