On 15 March 2019, 50 individuals tragically lost their lives in the devastating attacks on the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, in Christchurch. In response to this tragedy, Immigration New Zealand have announced that they will be expediting visa applications, for the family members of those killed or injured.
How to apply
Impacted family members can follow this process to apply for an emergency visa:
This should include:
The date the application was submitted.
The visa reference number (in the subject line).
The name, date of birth and passport number of the visa applicant.
Name and date of birth of the family member, including evidence of relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate etc).
Individuals impacted by this tragedy can reach out for immigration advice, using the below numbers:
If in New Zealand: 0508 22 52
If outside of New Zealand: +64 9 952 1679
We encourage those wishing to apply for an emergency visa to travel to New Zealand in response to the Christchurch attacks, to apply as soon as possible.
Further information can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website here.
The Cavell Leitch team would also be very happy to provide guidance or assistance.