Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is expanding the Victims of Family Violence Work Visa eligibility criteria to include partners of temporary migrants to ensure the immigration system supports migrant workers affected by family violence.
Update as of 28 February 2023
Applications for the Victims of Family Violence Work Visa from people who hold a partnership-based visa with another temporary migrant can be made from 28 February 2023.
This change aims to reduce the challenges faced by migrant victims of family violence based on their visa status. Once expired they may be able to apply for an extension, a Victims of Family Violence Resident Visa or another visa. Please find the amendment circular below.
How to define family violence
Family violence is any abuse towards you by someone you live with, who is family or close to you, that may:
Types of abuse:
Abuse can be an isolated event or a pattern of behaviour. It can be physical, sexual or psychological. It can include:
To be eligible to apply for the victims of family violence visas, you must have:
Visas you can apply for: