Who can sponsor a visa applicant

Not everyone can sponsor a migrant to come to New Zealand. Find out which people and organisations we can accept as sponsors.

Who can sponsor a visa applicant

Some people and organisations can sponsor your application, depending on the visa you apply for.

A sponsor can be :

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • someone who holds a New Zealand residence visa – as long as it has no section 49 conditions
  • a refugee, if they are sponsoring a family member to come to New Zealand
  • an organisation registered in New Zealand as a company, incorporated society or charitable trust
  • a government agency – for example a tertiary education provider or a school's board of trustees
  • a community organisation – but only if the visa applicant is a refugee.

Sponsoring family members if you are a refugee

Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category


Having a sponsor does not guarantee we will approve your visa. You still have to meet all the other requirements of the visa you apply for.

Who cannot sponsor a visa applicant

People or organisations cannot be a sponsor if they:

  • get any financial reward or fee for sponsoring you
  • have ever been convicted of an offence under immigration law – this includes the directors, trustees or management of an organisation
  • have an outstanding debt to the New Zealand Government or other third parties as a result of sponsoring other visas
  • failed to meet sponsorship obligations in the past.

The profit your employer expects to make from your work does not exclude them from being an acceptable sponsor.