Changes have been made to immigration instructions for the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) programme, to clarify how refugee status is assessed under this category.
INZ has clarified how refugee status is assessed under the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) programme. The main change is that INZ will now require an assessment of an applicant's refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). INZ will also consider an applicant's refugee status if they have been recognised as a refugee by another jurisdiction.
The amendments to Residence instructions are effective from 25 July 2022. INZ says the changes will ensure that only those who are genuinely in need of protection are able to benefit from the CORS programme.