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New Zealand creates new visa category for Christchurch attack victims’ family

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The special visa category is named Christchurch Response (2019) Visa, which allows people directly affected by the terrorist attack at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on March 15 to stay permanently in New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand said on Tuesday.

It is confirmed that the new visa category will open on April 24.

New Zealand government said the Christchurch Response 2019 category had been created to recognise the impact of the tragedy on the lives of those most affected.

It was also to give people currently on temporary and resident visas some certainty about their immigration status in New Zealand.

Applications can be made from Wednesday by anyone, who was present at either mosque when the attack took place and their immediate families.

The “immediate family” also includes dependent children, someone’s partner, parents and grandparents of children under 25.