The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving. The NZ Government has worked together with coalition partners to work towards the safe and sum evacuation of all Afghan nationals who have assisted the New Zealand defence force in a multitude of capacities during the tenure if their stay I Afghanistan.

Evacuees boarding at Hamid Karzai International Airport Photo / AP

The withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan by 31/08/2021 has meant that the ability to assist individuals on the ground at Hamid Karzai International Airport has ben limited.
Given the limited time frame for evacuations Immigration New Zealand is no longer accepting applications for the resettlement of Afghan nationals.
The Government’s primary focus was to evacuate New Zealand citizens and permanent residents from Kabul, and to provide resettlement to Afghan nationals (and their immediate family) that assisted the New Zealand Defence Force or other government agencies during New Zealand’s deployment to Afghanistan.
The government continues to work with the utmost urgency with our close partners to assist New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families in Afghanistan, to return to New Zealand.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will remain in close contact with those who have registered with them on the ground in Afghanistan and we encourage those people to register their details.
Individuals who have family on the ground in Afghanistan who are trying to leave Afghanistan can submit their queries and requests to [email protected] or [email protected]. Alternatively a request for a humanitarian exemption can be submitted for family members in light of the border closures.