The recent evacuees from Afghanistan will now have an opportunity to stay in New Zealand permanently under the Afghan Emergency Resettlement (AER) Visa category, recently introduced by the New Zealand Government. The holders of this category of visas will be able to benefit from housing support, funded health services, education and other Government services. It is worthwhile mentioning that Resettlement Case Officers have been assigned to the evacuees.
Only Afghan citizens who were in Afghanistan on 15th August 2021 can apply for this visa.
The evacuees who are eligible for the AER Visa are divided into 3 categories:
Partners and dependent children who are overseas may be able to make an application separately under partnership and dependent category of visas.
The applications must be submitted before 12th December 2021 and the applicant must be in New Zealand when they submit the application.
There is no fee charged for this category of applications.
Generally speaking, the applications under this category can be expected to be processed in a month’s time.
For more information on the AER Visa, please click on the link here.
If you have any queries or require assistance regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd at [email protected] or call +64 09 3790219. Our experienced team of Licensed Immigration Advisers will be happy to guide you.
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