About Humanitarian Visa for Afghan

The New Zealand is one of around 37 countries that take part in the United Nations. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and contributes to international humanitarian efforts. By helping protect people who are not able to live safely in their home country.

Ministers of Immigration and Foreign Affairs annually review the Refugee Quota Programme. Every three years to ensure it aligns with global resettlement needs.

Refugee Quota Programme 2022/23 – 2024/25

When the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in 2021, New Zealand set 200 numbers of places. Specifically for Afghan refugees to be resettled from 2023/24. The Government has decided to bring this forward a year to match referral capacity and support well managed settlement across communities in New Zealand. The proportion of places allocated to the Middle East and Africa. International allocations have increased from 15% to 20% respectively, along with the number of emergency and urgent resettlement places (up from 35 to 100 people annually). New Zealand will continue to accept 1,500 refugees a year under the Refugee Quota Programme from 2022/23 to 2024/25.

Each year, Ministers of Immigration and Foreign Affairs allocate 200 places for refugees from large-scale international crises. In 2022/23, New Zealand will resettle 200 Syrian refugees (including Kurdish minorities) located in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon through this sub-category.

Refugees considered for resettlement under the programme. (Except certain applicants who are nuclear or dependent family members of the principal) must be recognized as mandated refugees and referred to New Zealand by UNHCR according to prescribed resettlement guidelines. When INZ processes and decides these cases the following factors are considered:

When refugees arrive in New Zealand ?

Refugees who arrive in New Zealand under the Refugee Quota Programme are granted Permanent Residence status in New Zealand. They spend their first 2 weeks in New Zealand in managed isolation. They then transfer to any home. The Centre is managed by INZ, which works in partnership with other government agencies and non-government organizations (NGO) to run the five-week reception programme. The reception programme prepares refugees for their new lives in New Zealand.

Before arrival in New Zealand. Refugees are provided with information on working and living in New Zealand and an assessment is completed for each refugee to identify needs and services required once refugees arrive at the Centre. Settlement health assessments are also completed outside of New Zealand before arrival, and any are followed up by the medical team at the Centre. Key focus areas for the reception program are:

  • Health and mental health assessments, initial treatment and health promotion, and
  • Settlement planning, including orientation to working and living in New Zealand and an employment assessment for working age refugees, and
  • Education, including the English language. Refugee children are also prepared for their introduction into the New Zealand classroom and national curriculum.

After completing the reception program. Quota refugees are settled throughout New Zealand in the Auckland region, Waikato, Manawatu, the Wellington region, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill. In June 2020 new resettlement locations Blenheim and Timaru received their first families of refugees. Ashburton, Levin, and Masterton are also preparing to resettle refugees. Suitable housing is located for refugees before completion of the reception program – either public housing or private rentals.

In the community, quota refugees are provided settlement support for up to 12 months. Including a community orientation program that complements the reception program and support to link to services they require to support their settlement in communities.

for more information go to official website of New Zealand

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