Assistance for Foreign Nationals Programme
The Assistance to Foreign Nationals Impacted by COVID-19 Programme opened 1 July 2020.
Any foreign national in New Zealand – including international students – may apply for this support if they are experiencing temporary hardship due to the effects of COVID-19.
Please direct in-need students to apply at this link: https://foreignnationals.services.govt.nz/
Students may apply for:
- Rent relief
- Food or household goods
- Utilities relief and pre-paid phone cards
- GP costs and over-the-counter accommodation
- Winter warmer packs
- Petrol/domestic travel costs
Each applicant’s circumstances will be considered at an individual level to ensure support reaches those who need it most. Eligibility will be established through a series of checks on visa and employment status, savings, outstanding debts and alternative sources of income or in-kind support.
The programme will run for three months. It is being administered by the Department of International Affairs (DIA) and delivered by the New Zealand Red Cross.