Good news for refugees looking to make New Zealand their home!
The Government has announced the extension of the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category (CORS) pilot for a further three years until 30 June 2024.
These instructions are effective on and after 3 November 2021.
The Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) category pilot enables New Zealand-based community organisations to sponsor refugees for resettlement. The CORS category is complementary to the annual Refugee Quota Programme.
A CORS category pilot ran in 2018, allowing 4 approved community organisation sponsors to settle 24 sponsored refugees. The community organisations actively supported sponsored refugees to settle in New Zealand and prepared their communities to welcome refugees. Overall, the pilot helped promote community involvement and inclusion, supporting refugees to become active participants in New Zealand society.
In May 2020, the Government agreed to extend the CORS category pilot for a further 3 years from 1 July 2021. This will allow up to 50 sponsored refugees to be resettled in New Zealand in each of the 3 financial years from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024 (a total of 150 sponsored refugees over the 3 years). Sponsored refugees will be supported to settle by the approved community organisations.