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Beating the visa delays

Delays to visa processing have been hitting the news throughout this year. The problem has become visible through some dramatic examples promoted by the media and through social media campaigns and even street protests.

04/09/20191 min read
Beating the visa delays


Delays to visa processing have been hitting the news throughout this year. The problem has become visible through some dramatic examples promoted by the media and through social media campaigns and even street protests.

There has been something of a perfect storm – changes within Immigration New Zealand as offshore processing has been re-focused onshore; increased security concerns leading to more vigorous verification; and numbers of applications exceeding quota places.

The problems affect both Permanent and Temporary visa programmes, and even what appears to be a simple temporary visa application can become complex.

It is critical that applications are perfectly formed and documented. This is where Malcolm Pacific Immigration expertise helps avoid dramas. “Malcolm Pacific knows the system inside and out”, says Malcolm Pacific Immigration’s director David Cooper. “Applications put together by Malcolm Pacific, taking into account details and quirks of policy, proper documentation and well documented, do get processed in reasonable time frames.” Most delays are due to applications not being well prepared.

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Those wanting residence face longer delays as more people are applying than places available under government quotas. There is no sign this government is about to increase residence approval numbers, so we expect queues for becoming a resident will get longer.

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

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16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21