Financial support for foreign nationals in NZ

Help is available for eligible foreign nationals who are experiencing serious financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri

Temporary assistance is available to eligible people to help meet basic needs, like food and accommodation. Assistance will be paid directly to third parties, like landlords or power companies, and no cash payments will be made.

If you are in New Zealand on a temporary visa

All classes of temporary visa holders are eligible. These include:

  • visitor visas
  • student visas
  • work visas.

Find out if you are eligible and apply at the Red Cross website (external link) 

If you are in New Zealand on a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) visa

Holders of a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) visa are also eligible.

To be eligible your RSE employer legally must:

  • be an Immigration New Zealand–registered RSE employer, and
  • have foreign nationals for whom they are required to arrange accommodation, utilities and food, and
  • have foreign nationals who are no longer earning an income or are earning a reduced income.

If you’re on an RSE visa, you should talk to your employer about applying for this assistance. Your employer should call the Red Cross on 0800 733 276 (choose option 1).

Red Cross Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri (external link)

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