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What is a Refugee Family Support Resident Visa?

Overview: The Refugee Family Support Resident Visa is a New Zealand pathway allowing refugees to sponsor family members from overseas to join them.

In-depth Purpose: This visa recognizes the importance of family unity for refugees’ successful integration in New Zealand.

Detailed Explanation:

  • Eligibility: Refugees in New Zealand can sponsor family members, including those not qualifying under other visa categories.
  • Quota System: A limited number of visas are granted annually.
  • Sponsorship Requirements: The refugee in New Zealand must meet certain criteria to sponsor family members.
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Detailed Explanation of Refugee Family Support Resident Visa


Eligibility Assessment

Determining if applicants meet the visa criteria.

Documentation Support

Helping gather and prepare necessary documentation.

Application Guidance

Assisting throughout the application process for a successful submission.

If you’re considering applying for a Refugee Family Support Resident Visa, get in touch with one of our friendly consultants via email ( or call us at 09 369 1681 or 021 039 1964 today. Let us help you make your dream of living in New Zealand a reality!

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Who qualifies as a sponsor for this visa?

Refugees with permanent residency or citizenship in New Zealand.

What family members can be sponsored?

It includes immediate family members and, in some cases, extended family.

How is the annual quota determined?

The quota is set by the New Zealand government.

What factors influence the application's success?

The completeness of the application, the sponsor's circumstances, and the family relationship.

Can a refugee sponsor more than one family member?

Yes, but it's subject to certain conditions.

Is there a timeframe for the sponsor to have been in New Zealand?

Yes, sponsors typically need to have been residents for a certain period.

How long does the visa process take?

Varies based on quota availability and application complexity.

Does the sponsor need to demonstrate financial stability?

Yes, they must prove they can support the family member.

How often is the quota reviewed?

The quota is typically reviewed annually.

Can the visa be declined?

Yes, if it doesn't meet the criteria or if the quota is full.

Are there any specific health requirements?

Yes, standard health requirements apply.

Can the visa lead to permanent residency?

Yes, it can be a pathway to residency.

What if the family circumstances change during the application?

Inform INZ or your consultant immediately.

How does ICL Immigration help in this visa process?

We provide comprehensive support from initial consultation to final submission.

Can the family members work in New Zealand?

Yes, upon obtaining the visa, they can work.

What happens if the sponsor's refugee status changes?

It could impact the visa application.

Is legal representation required?

While not mandatory, professional guidance can be beneficial.

What if the family member has special needs?

Special circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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