Information about Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

If you came to New Zealand as a refugee or protected person you may be able to sponsor a family member to get New Zealand residence.



600 places a year

All conditions

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.

Things to note

  • We are currently only accepting tier 1 sponsor registrations.
  • If you’re invited to apply for residence, you’ll have 12 months to send us your application.

Changes help more refugee families unite 

The application process

Stage 1

1 Your sponsor registers with us

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.


2 We select your sponsor’s registration and invite you to apply for residence

When we receive your sponsor’s registration, we’ll enter it into a Refugee Family Support Category queue for selection. If we select your sponsor’s registration, we’ll check they are an eligible sponsor before contacting them about their selection.

Stage 2

3 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’s important the person you ask is allowed to help you.


4 We make a decision about your application

Resident visa applications can take several months to process. If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

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