Q1. What does the Auckland Refugee Family Trust do?
The Auckland Refugee Family Trust (ARFT) provides financial support so that refugee families in Auckland can be reunited.
Q2 . Who can apply?
A. Refugee background families in New Zealand whose relatives overseas hold a visa to enter New Zealand as residents.
Q 3. There are a number of ways in which refugee background families can apply for their relatives to join them in New Zealand. Will ARFT prioritise applicants based on these categories?
A: Initially the Trust will prioritise those who have obtained a visa under Tier 1 of the Refugee Family Support Category. Tier 2 applications may also be considered, depending on the amount of money in the Trust.
Q 4. How will the applications be assessed?
A: ARFT will assess and prioritise applications from families:
- with children waiting to be reunited with family members
- with family members who have a disability
- with very young or very elderly family members
- according to the individual situation of the family in New Zealand
- depending on the level of danger in country of residence overseas
Q 5. Does a grant need to be repaid?
A: No. But we will ask that families who benefit from this non-repayable grant to consider making a donation to the Trust should their financial positions improve. In this way, other families may be assisted.
Q6. How many family members can be supported?
A: There is no limit to the number of family members. However Trust support for large families would be subject to sufficient funds and the trust will not approve a grant that would split families.
Q7. Is there an upper limit on the amount of the grant?
A: No, but approval is dependent on availability of funds.
Q8. How can I obtain an application form?
Q9. Is there much documentation required?
The preliminary application form does not require a lot of documentation, but does require the names of two referees who know the applicant and their situation.
Q10. What documentation is required in the Full Application?
A: Information about costs of travel, applicant financial circumstances and employment, supporting information such as medical reports.
Q11. How quickly will my application be assessed?
This is a two stage process. The Preliminary application will have a very quick response.
There will also be a quick response to the Full Application, but it may be to request further information, or to advise about the current financial situation of the Trust.
If an application meets the criteria of the Trust, but there are insufficient funds to approve it, the applicant may be asked whether they wish the Trust to hold their application until more money can be raised.