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C8.20 Residence class visa processes for refugees and protected people who are members of a mass arrival group

C8.20.1 Requirements for members of a mass arrival group to make an application for a permanent resident visa

Applications for a permanent resident visa from a person who is a member of a mass arrival group must meet the requirements (refugee and protection status) specified at S3.15.

C8.20.5 Requirements for the grant of residence to members of a mass arrival group

To be granted a permanent resident visa, all applicants who are members of a mass arrival group must:

  1. have applied for a permanent resident visa in the prescribed manner as specified at S3.15; and
  2. be in New Zealand lawfully; and
  3. since arriving in New Zealand as a member of a mass arrival group:
    1. have been recognised as holding refugee or protected person status; and
    2. have held a temporary visa, or temporary visas:
      • successively, and without any period(s) of being in New Zealand unlawfully, for at least three years since being recognised as having refugee or protected person status; and
      • which was or were granted under instructions at C8.10 or under section 61 of the Immigration Act 2009; and
  4. have had their status as a refugee or protected person, including their need for on-going protection, reviewed and have retained a current status as a refugee or protected person (see C8.15).

C8.20.10 Members of a mass arrival group who apply for, or are granted, residence class visas under other categories

  1. A member of a mass arrival group who is granted a residence class visa under another residence category (excluding residence class visas granted on the basis of their refugee or protected person status) will not be subject to the provisions within C8.10, C8.15 and C8.20.
  2. A member of a mass arrival group who has a current application for a residence class visa under any other residence category (excluding residence class visas granted on the basis of their refugee or protected person status) will not be subject to provisions contained in C8.20 for the purposes of that application.

Effective 29/07/2013

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