Rishikesh Gudimalla's culture dictates that he cannot live with his wife - whom he entered into an arranged marriage with - until after their wedding.

However, by living up to his Indian cultural expectations, his wife's partnership visa has been declined by Immigration NZ for not meeting immigration requirements.

The New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) says current partnership visa rules disadvantage Indians and other migrants who come from cultures that practice arranged marriages.

"The problem is particularly acute for many Indian nationals but also other migrants from communities where marriages are a norm or at least common,"

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