Survivors of the Christchurch attack that took place last month in two mosques in New Zealand can now apply for permanent residency in New Zealand. Immediate family members of the late victims and of the survivors are also eligible to apply starting April 24, 2019 until April 24, 2021.
“You can get this visa if you were present at the Masjid Al Noor or Linwood mosques while they were attacked on 15 March 2019, or are the immediate family member of someone who was present during the attacks. You must also have been living in New Zealand on 15 March 2019,” the New Zealand immigration agency notes.
It also explains that on the official New Zealand Police lists of people who were present during the attacks, to confirm the validity of the applications.
The following persons are not eligible for application:
- Police who were first responder
- emergency workers that reached the place fist
- persons who were on a tourism trip in New Zealand at the time
- persons who were on a short visit to New Zealand
Thus, only the persons who were at the mosques at the time of the attack, and were in New Zealand under a resident, work or student visa, are eligible.
“If you held another type of visa, you need to show us that when the attacks happened, New Zealand was your main home,” the agency notes.
There is no application fee, and the application process depends on the current visa that the applicant holds.
Eligibility Criteria for Immediate Family Members of Victims and Survivors
The New Zealand immigration agency has published the criteria that those applying as immediate family members of victims and survivors at the Christchurch attack should meet.
According to the agency, persons who are applying as an immediate family member of an adult present at one of the mosques should be:
- their partner — married, civil union or de facto.
- their dependent child
- their partner’s dependent child
- their parent or parent’s partner.
On the other hand, those applying as an immediate family member of a minor present at the attack, should be one of the following:
- brother or sister, and still dependent on their parents
- parent or