Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category Request for Application – responses to questions

During the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category (CORS) Request for application (RFA) process, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has provided the following responses to questions that have been asked about the CORS and the RFA process:

  • For clarification, refugees sponsored under the pilot of the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category are eligible to access the same government-funded mainstream services and support as all other permanent residents and citizens. This includes access to relevant benefit, employment, and housing support and education and health services. Information about English language learning, including eligibility criteria, can be accessed on the Tertiary Education Commission website. Information about the Accommodation Supplement and Jobseeker Support, including eligibility criteria, can be located on the Ministry of Social Development website.
     
  • For clarification, refugees sponsored under the pilot of the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category may be settled in any location in New Zealand by their Approved Sponsor, other than in Auckland.
     
  • Community organisations can provide alternative evidence to support their financial position instead of their audited financial accounts. These could include evidence of funds in reserve, financial references (such as from a chartered accountant or financial expert), or any recent financial statements that may be available.
     
  • Community organisations may put forward their application on the basis of sponsoring refugees referred by the UNHCR, or nominate their own. Community organisations may also elect to do both options, and should clearly state this in their application.
     
  • For clarification, we wish to advise that the reference to “community organisation” in the Request for Application is intended as a reference to a community organisation based in New Zealand. We also note that the draft Deed of Agreement for Services is governed by New Zealand law, and the community organisation’s authorised representative who signs the Deed must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (see clause 2.2 of the Request for Application).