INZ is making it easier to bring family to New Zealand through the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa. Anyone who applies from 15 March 2023 and is granted this visa will now have 12 months to travel to New Zealand.
Key points of this Visa
From 27 March the following criteria will change.
How to get the visa
If you are a Ukrainian New Zealander, you can sponsor family members in Ukraine to apply for the new temporary visa. You first need to complete an expression of interest (EOI) and nominate them. Expressions of interest opened on 15 March 2022 and will close on 15 March 2024.
If you are in Ukraine, once your New Zealand family member has nominated you, you can apply for the visa. If you cannot apply yourself your New Zealand family member can apply on your behalf.
Who can apply
To be eligible to apply for the 2022 Special Ukraine Visa, you must have family members in New Zealand who are eligible to sponsor you. You must have been living in Ukraine as at January 2022, and you must be of good health and character. Eligible family members in New Zealand can sponsor their:
To be eligible to sponsor, you must:
Here is the step-by-step application process:
If you are successful
If you are invited to apply and your application is successful, you and your wider family will be offered a 2-year visa with the ability for adults to work in New Zealand and for children aged 18 and under to study in New Zealand.
The family member in New Zealand who will sponsor your application will be responsible for your accommodation and living costs when you come here.
If granted one of these visas, you will need to travel to New Zealand within 12 months (if applied after 15 March 2023).
Free health checks
When you are in New Zealand on your 2022 Special Ukraine Visa you can get a free initial health check. In this health check you can:
Source: INZ website