- This is not current policy -
The policy in this manual ceases to be effective from 29 November 2010.
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C5.65 Withdrawal of claim for refugee status
Immigration Act 1987 ss 129K, 129V
Immigration (Refugee Processing) Regulations 1999 reg 21
- Claimants who wish to withdraw their claim for refugee status before a determination is made may do so at any time by notifying a refugee status officer in writing.
- In such cases, the refugee status officer will give the claimant or their representative written confirmation of the withdrawal.
- A refugee status claim will be treated as withdrawn if, without giving notice to a refugee status officer and before a determination is made on the claim, the claimant:
- leaves New Zealand; or
- is granted a residence permit.
- In such cases, after verifying the claimant's departure or residence permit the refugee status officer will notify the claimant or their representative in writing of the withdrawal, except if the claimant has no representative and has left New Zealand.