Summary of Terms

Sponsor

Sponsorship for temporary entry class visas

A sponsor is someone who guarantees to provide for your maintenance, your accommodation and the cost of your repatriation or deportation while you visit, study or work in New Zealand.

 

A sponsor can be a person, an organisation, or a government agency, depending on the type of visa you are applying for.

 

To see who can sponsor you if you wish to:

  • Visit New Zealand, go to Operations Manual V2.20
  • Work in New Zealand, go to Operations Manual W2.15 WR2.1
  • Study in New Zealand, go to Operations Manual U3.20

 

The criteria for acceptable sponsors is listed at E6.5 of the Operations Manual.

 

Your sponsor must complete a Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry PDF [170KB]  or, if you’re applying for a work to residence visa under the Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) instructions, a Talent (Arts, Culture and Sport) Sponsorship PDF [223K]

 

Sponsorship for residence class visas

In order to ensure that individuals have means of support in New Zealand, having a New Zealand sponsor is a requirement for the following residence categories:

  • Parent Category (F4.1)
  • Sibling and Adult Child Category (F6.1)
  • Residence from work under the Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Work Instructions (RW3)

 

The criteria for acceptable sponsors is listed at R4 of the Operations Manual.

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