What is a Refugee Family Support Resident Visa?

The Refugee Family Support Resident Visa is a way for refugees in New Zealand to bring their family members from other countries to live with them.


This visa recognises how important it is for refugees to have their family close to them as they settle into their new life in New Zealand.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

NZD $0

Processing Time

Within 3 Months

Length of Stay



600 visas per year

Criteria for the Visa

Refugees settled in New Zealand can bring their family members, even if they don’t qualify for other visas.

Sponsorship Requirements

The refugee in New Zealand must meet specific criteria to sponsor family members.

To qualify as a sponsor under the Refugee Family Support Category, a few specific criteria must be met:
– You must have gotten New Zealand residence because you’re a refugee, protected person, Afghan interpreter, or Afghan evacuee (under the Afghan Emergency resettlement category), or be the partner or dependent child of such individuals.
– You shouldn’t have sponsored anyone under the Refugee Family Support Category or Refugee Family Quota before.
– You must be at least 18 years old and living in New Zealand.
– You must meet specific tier one or tier two criteria.

Additionally, sponsors must:

– Be a New Zealand citizen or have a New Zealand resident or permanent resident visa.
– Live in New Zealand throughout the sponsorship term, unless exempted.
– Not aim to profit from sponsorship.
– Have no history of immigration law offences.
– Not owe any debts to the Crown or third parties from previous sponsorships.
– Not have violated sponsorship obligations before.
– Not be going through insolvency procedures or bankruptcy.
– Not face deportation or be serving a jail sentence for a criminal conviction.

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Settlement Process

Follow the below steps for settling your family in New Zealand.

Step 1: Register

Sponsors fill out a form and agree to look after their family’s housing needs.

Step 2: Apply

Family members complete their application for residence.

Step 3: Review

Immigration officials review the applications.

Step 4: Approval

If everything checks out, applications get approved.

Step 5: Housing Plan

Sponsors create a plan for where their family will live, with help from settlement service providers.

Step 6: Travel

Once housing is sorted, immigration officials arrange flights.

Step 7: Preparation

Sponsors get ready for their family’s arrival, getting advice from local settlement service providers.

Step 8: Family Arrives

Settlement service providers or sponsors arrange for the family to visit upon arrival, connecting them with community programs and necessary services.

Step 9: Orientation

Families can join optional community programs to get to know their new surroundings.

Step 10: Ongoing Support

Settlement service providers stay on hand to offer help and guidance as the family settles into life in New Zealand.

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At ICL Immigration, here’s how we help you in the visa process.

Step 1: Check if You Qualify

We see if you meet the visa requirements.

Step 2: Get Your Papers Together

We assist in collecting and organizing all the needed documents.

Step 3: Help with Applications

We guide you through every step to make sure your application goes smoothly.


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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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