New Zealand Resident Visa Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $920

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

People who come to New Zealand as refugees or protected person are able to sponsor their family members. Under the policy of the Refugee Family Support Resident Visa, they can bring their family members to New Zealand. The Immigration New Zealand has limited the approval of this visa. 300 Refugee Family Support Resident Visas are issued every year. Sponsors must first register; if their registration is accepted, family members will be invited to apply for a visa.

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application – if they were first included in your sponsor’s registration.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

This visa is for family members of New Zealand Residents who came to New Zealand as refugees or protected person. This visa will allow the family members to live in New Zealand indefinitely.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Eligible sponsor: You must have an eligible sponsor

Sponsor registration: Your sponsor must register as a tier one or tier two sponsor

Sponsorship obligations: Your sponsor must have the means to make sure you have somewhere reasonable to live when you arrive and for your first 2 years in New Zealand

Invitation to apply for residence: You must be invited to apply for residence

Identity: You must provide proof of your identity

Health: You must be in good health

Character: You must be of good character

Bring family: For your partner and dependent children to be included in your residence application, they must have been included in your sponsor’s registration.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Stage 1 – Sponsor’s Registration

Step 1 – Your sponsor registers with Immigration New Zealand

Your sponsor will need to complete a Refugee Family Support Category Sponsor Registration Form and send it to us with their registration fee and supporting documents.

Step 2 – Immigration New Zealand will select your sponsor’s registration and invite you to apply for residence

When Immigration New Zealand receives your sponsor’s registration, The Department will enter it into a Refugee Family Support Category queue for selection.

If Immigration Department accepts your sponsor’s registration, it will check they are an eligible sponsor before contacting them about their selection.

After this, you will be invited to apply for residence — You will have 12 months to send your visa application.

Residence is not guaranteed — as well as having a sponsor, you have to meet the other requirements for this visa.

Stage 2 – Resident visa application

Step 1 – Decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch.

Step 2 – You apply for residence

You can fill out a Residence application yourself or ask someone to help you. Because there are rules about giving immigration advice, it is important the person you ask is allowed to help you.

You will need to send your application together with your supporting documents and application fee.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

  • Completed application form.
  • Application fee and immigration levy.
  • Passports or travel documents for each person included in the application.
  • Full birth certificates for every person included in the application.
  • Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates for all applicants if required.
  • Police certificate(s) (less than six months old) for every person included in this application.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs of each person included in the application.
  • Required evidence as outlined in sections I to O, and in the Residence Guide (INZ 1002)

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

Stage 1 – Sponsor’s Registration

Application cost – NZD $ 100

Stage 2 – Resident visa application

Application Cost – NZD $ 920

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

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