Claiming refugee status; Visas for family of refugees

What this chapter covers

In this chapter, we explain how New Zealand’s refugee system works, including:

This chapter also explains about:

  • being accepted into New Zealand as a refugee through a different path – the UNHCR Refuge Quota system (see “The UNHCR Refugee Quota”)
  • how family members of refugees can also be accepted into New Zealand through special residence categories (see “Family of refugees: Special visa categories”).

    Note: Some of the rules explained in this chapter are contained in immigration and refugee policies issued by the government, rather than by laws passed by Parliament. You can find all the current immigration and refugee rules (including both policies and laws) in Immigration New Zealand’s “Operational Manual”, available online at: For more details about using the Operational Manual and how to check for changes to it, see the Note at the start of our “Immigration” chapter.

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