Information about Refugee Claimant Visitor Visa

We may grant you a visitor visa if you are a refugee or protection status claimant who is in New Zealand, while you wait for a decision on your refugee or protection status claim. We may waive the requirement to provide evidence of funds or sponsorship, and onward travel.


For the time it takes to decide your claim for refugee or protection status

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Stay in New Zealand while we process your claim for refugee and protection status.
  • Get subsidised public healthcare.
  • Access New Zealand support services for refugees and protected persons.  

Things to note

  • You may not work in New Zealand on a visitor visa.
  • You can include your partner, and dependent children aged 19 and under, in your visa application.
  • You must have claimed refugee or protected person status in New Zealand to be eligible for this visa.
  • Refugee claimant visitors don’t have to pay an immigration levy or visa application fee.

Check that you meet the detailed criteria.

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Visitor visa