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Victims of human trafficking

Immigration New Zealand has special visa categories for victims of people trafficking, including child victims (victims under 18). You’ll have to apply for a special Temporary Visa first and then a special Resident Visa.

Special Work Visas for human trafficking victims

INZ Operational Manual: Temporary Entry, V3.135, WI16, U10.5

To get a Work Visa, you’ll need to have a certificate from the New Zealand Police stating that you’re a victim of people trafficking. The visa will be valid for one year. Child victims of people trafficking (victims under 18) can be granted a Visitor Visa or Student Visa valid for one year.

Special residence category for human trafficking victims

INZ Operational Manual: Residence, S4.15

A special residence category allows victims of people trafficking to remain in New Zealand if they can’t return home because they’ll be in danger as a result of being trafficked, or at risk of being re-victimised, or at risk of suffering significant social stigma and financial hardship.

You’ll need to:

  • have a current Temporary Visa for victims of people trafficking (see above)
  • provide a New Zealand Police certificate stating that you’re a trafficking victim and that you haven’t tried to obstruct their investigation into the trafficking while you’ve had your Temporary Visa provide evidence that the trafficking will mean you can’t return home, and
  • meet the health and character requirements for residence (see: “Residence Class Visas: Living in New Zealand permanently”).

Your application will be dealt with by Immigration New Zealand staff who have special training in this area. You’ll also be given priority over other visa applications.

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Find your local Community Law Centre online: www.communitylaw.org.nz/our-law-centres

Immigration New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand is the government organisation that deals with visa applications and other immigration issues. It’s part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Website: www.immigration.govt.nz
Phone: 0508 558 855

The Operational manual contains immigration instructions that people who want to come to New Zealand must follow. While it is not a step-by-step guide, it will help you follow Immigration New Zealand’s processes. Access it here: www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual

See also Immigration’s policies and processes: www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/policy-and-law/how-the-immigration-system-operates

Immigration and Protection Tribunal

The Immigration and Protection Tribunal determines appeals on Immigration New Zealand’s decisions about refugee and protection matters.

Website: www.justice.govt.nz/Tribunals/immigration/immigration-and-protection

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