Christchurch terror attacks – visas for family members

Immigration

New Zealand Immigration Update: March 2019. On 15 March 2019, 50 individuals tragically lost their lives in the devastating attacks on the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, in Christchurch. In response to this tragedy, Immigration New Zealand have announced that they will be expediting visa applications, for the family members of those killed or injured.

Update

On 15 March 2019, 50 individuals tragically lost their lives in the devastating attacks on the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, in Christchurch.  In response to this tragedy, Immigration New Zealand have announced that they will be expediting visa applications, for the family members of those killed or injured.

How to apply

Impacted family members can follow this process to apply for an emergency visa:

  1. Apply online for a visitor visa, link here.
  2. Send an email to NZEmergencyVisa@mbie.govt.nz.  This should include:
  • The date the application was submitted.
  • The visa reference number (in the subject line).
  • The name, date of birth and passport number of the visa applicant.
  • Name and date of birth of the family member, including evidence of relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate etc).

Support lines

Individuals impacted by this tragedy can reach out for immigration advice, using the below numbers:

If in New Zealand: 0508 22 52

If outside of New Zealand: +64 9 952 1679

Our advice

We encourage those wishing to apply for an emergency visa to travel to New Zealand in response to the Christchurch attacks, to apply as soon as possible.

Further information

Can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website here.

The Cavell Leitch team would also be very happy to provide guidance or assistance.

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