Changes have been made to immigration instructions to implement policy changes under the Refugee Family Support Category (RFSC) to reflect amended sponsorship requirements.
Clarifications were made that fees for sponsors and applicants have been removed, including sponsor registration, application fees and immigration levies. As well as increasing the number of places available each year under the RFSC from 300 to 600.
The amendment will give NZ resident refugees more chances to be reunited with their families.
The changes come into effect on and after 1 July 2022.