Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in the New Zealand resettlement process can be completed through the online form available at the end of this page. Participation is entirely voluntary. Before completing an EOI, please be aware that:
This EOI is only relevant to people who were transferred by Australia under the offshore processing arrangement on or after 19 July 2013 and are now in Papua New Guinea.
UNHCR will consider your EOI for potential referral under New Zealand’s refugee quota programme.
An EOI is not an application to New Zealand and does not guarantee that your case will be referred for resettlement. It simply lets UNHCR know that you are interested. UNHCR will review your information to assess if your case can be referred for resettlement to New Zealand.
Resettlement cases will be processed based on needs. Submitting your EOI first will not mean your case is processed first.
UNHCR will assess your case, following these steps. If your case is assessed as eligible, UNHCR will refer your case to New Zealand. The New Zealand Government will make the final decision on whether to accept your case for resettlement.
You must provide honest and complete information throughout this process. This includes current information on all family members especially any spouses or children.
If you are in a resettlement process with another country, such as the US or Canada, you should continue with that process. This is your best chance of resettlement. Completing an EOI will not impact other resettlement processes. If your case is not accepted in the other process, and you have completed an EOI for New Zealand resettlement, UNHCR can review your case.
Once you have completed an EOI, you will receive an email within two working days confirming your form has been received by UNHCR. You do not need to do anything else at this time.
UNHCR will inform you if your case is proceeding to the next stage. Due to the large volume of enquiries, UNHCR is unable to respond to individual emails.
If you need the assistance of an interpreter to complete this form, please contact UNHCR at [email protected].
*This form is based on the secure Kobo platform. Any data submitted through this form will be received directly by UNHCR and managed in accordance with the UNHCR Data Protection Policy