Getting a visa, Dealing with Immigration New Zealand, Being deported

What this chapter covers

In this chapter, we explain how New Zealand's immigration system works, including:

Special visa category for people affected by Christchurch shootings and their families

Immigration New Zealand has created a permanent residence visa category specially for those directly affected by the shootings at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques, as well as their families. It's called the “Christchurch Response 2019” category. This chapter includes a summary of this special category and who it covers: see “Christchurch shootings: People directly affected and their families”.

Victims of the attacks and their families can also get different kinds of support from ACC and other organisations. For more information see “Christchurch shootings: Support for victims” in the chapter “Accident Compensation (ACC)”.

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