Special Category

Refugee Family Support Category

This category allows New Zealanders granted residence as refugees to sponsor a family member and that person's partner and dependent children for New Zealand residence. Each year there are 300 places available.

The Refugee Family Support Category has replaced the previous Refugee Family Quota ballot system.

Bringing your family to New Zealand under the Refugee Family Support Category is a three-stage process.

  1. You register as a sponsor.
  2. We select your registration.
  3. Your family members apply for residence.

The registration system

The Refugee Family Support Category has a two-tier registration system. Priority is given to tier one sponsors who meet tier one sponsorship requirements – these people have a more immediate need to bring their family to New Zealand.

Click here to learn the process.

Samoan Quota

Each year Immigration New Zealand invite a number of Samoan citizens to apply for residence under the Samoan Quota Scheme.

The Samoan Quota scheme is run by ballot. You can only apply for residence under this category if your registration is drawn from the ballot.

To be eligible to make an application for residence under the Samoan Quota Scheme, you must lodge a registration during the official registration period each year. The 2012 registration period is from 2 April to 30 April 2012.

Find out the requirements for registration and how to make a registration.

Pacific Access Category

Each year Immigration New Zealand invite a number of people from Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tonga to apply for residence under the Pacific Access Category.

The Pacific Access Category is run by ballot. You can only apply for residence under this category if your registration is drawn from the ballot.

To be eligible to make an application for residence under the Pacific Access Category, you must lodge a registration during the official registration period each year. The 2012 registration period is from 2 April to 30 April 2012.

Find out the requirements for registration and how to make a registration.