Thousands of partnership visa applications are being left sitting in queue if they are not being supported by a New Zealand citizen or resident partner.

Immigration New Zealand confirmed it has made a decision to not treat all partnership visa applications equally at its Mumbai office, where a bulk of temporary partnership visa applications are being made.

Telecommunications technician Balbir Singh, 27, who arrived from India in 2015 on an essential skills visa, has been waiting eight months for news about his wife Manpreet Kaur's application.

Work visa holder Balbir Singh has been told by INZ his wife's visa application has been left in queue because he isn't a NZ citizen or permanent resident. Photo / Supplied
Work visa holder Balbir Singh has been told by INZ his wife's visa application has been left in queue because he isn't a NZ citizen or permanent resident. Photo / Supplied

In an update from INZ last month, Singh was told his 24-year-old wife's

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