When you agree to be a sponsor, you undertake and agree to:
• Make sure the sponsored person has financial support for the duration of their stay (maintenance costs like food, clothing and health care – things necessary for their health and welfare while in New Zealand), and
• Make sure the sponsored person has suitable accommodation for the duration of their stay (whether providing it directly or paying for it), and
• Guarantee to provide the cost of return airfare for the sponsored person, if they do not have the means to pay themselves (or refuse to pay for it), and
• Guarantee to provide the costs associated with the sponsored person’s deportation if they are deported (costs like locating, detaining and maintaining the person, as well as travel costs), and
• (Optional undertaking) guarantee to provide the cost of maternity health services in New Zealand if the sponsored person is pregnant and intending to give birth in New Zealand.
When you agree to be a sponsor, you are responsible for the sponsored person from the day they arrive in New Zealand until the day they get a new visa with a different sponsor or no sponsor, or the day they leave, whether they are on a valid visa or in New Zealand unlawfully.
You cannot withdraw your sponsorship.
If you sponsor a multiple entry visa, you are responsible every time they are in New Zealand with that sponsored visa.
What happens if you do not honour your sponsorship?
If you fail to carry out the responsibilities listed above, and the sponsored person incurs costs to the New Zealand Government or a third party to cover any part of their maintenance, accommodation or return travel (or deportation), you will be responsible for repaying those costs.
If you fail to repay the costs incurred by the sponsored person, a debt for the amount of those costs will then be due to the New Zealand Government or the third party.
This debt may be enforced against you in the New Zealand courts. This debt remains your responsibility until it is repaid, even if the sponsored person is no longer in New Zealand, is in New Zealand unlawfully, or has a new visa.
If you breach your sponsorship undertakings (whether there is a debt or not), you may not be able to sponsor again in the future.
Becoming a resident
You can apply for a residence class visa in New Zealand while here on a visitor visa. In some cases we may extend the term of your visa while we consider your residence application.