Refugee Applications

New Zealand Immigration provides residence to successful applicants for a refugee status claim.

Refugee Applications

Who is a refugee?

The term “refugee” shall apply to any person who:


“As a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951 and owing to well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country;

or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”


There are few things to note as to who can apply for refugee status in New Zealand.

1. The applicant must be outside the country of his origin, i.e. he must be either in New Zealand or outside his home country.

2. Well-founded fear must be there;

3. Fear of Persecution must be real;

4.The persecution must be for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or for holding a particular political opinion;

5. the applicant must be unable to avail the protection of the court or the government of the country of his/her origin;


Refugee law is based on the International conventions and covenants various state countries have signed or ratified.

For more details, please contact any Specialist in Refugee Law.

Arunjeev Singh Barrister is able to give free advice in the matter.

Pl. note this is not a legal advice and is only a general information on the topic of Refugee Law. Please seek independent legal advice before acting on this information.