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Permanent residence available to people affected by Christchurch terrorist attacks

24 April 2019

Immigration New Zealand says people directly affected by the terrorist attacks in Christchurch and their families can now apply for permanent residence in New Zealand if they want to.

It says a special visa category - Christchurch Response (2019) - has been created to let people directly affected by the terrorist attacks at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on 15 March stay permanently in New Zealand.

This new visa category recognises the impact of the tragedy on the lives of those most affected, and gives people currently on temporary and resident visas some certainty about their immigration status in New Zealand.

People living in New Zealand who were present at one of the mosques and their immediate family based in New Zealand can get the visa.

"Because of the special circumstances, the definition of immediate family has been expanded to include a wider circle of family members," Immigration New Zealand says.

"People in New Zealand for only a short time cannot apply — for example people visiting for tourism, sport or business."

Applications can be made from 24 April. The application process depends on the type of visa held (temporary or resident).

Immigration New Zealand says for adults present during the attacks, family includes their partner, dependent children, parents and their partner's parents.

For children under 25 years old, family includes their parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019