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Immigration Authorities of New Zealand, plan to Close Overseas Offices Soon

September 2017, 19
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Under a new set of changes, Immigration NZ has come up with a plan to close ten offices eight of which are overseas offices and two based in New Zealand. The visa processing will be done onshore. 110 additional local staff over the next three years will be employed for this purpose.

 The overseas officers were paid a meager $4 an hour, and a major part of the visa processing happened in India and Thailand.

This will lead to the closure of eight offices overseas which are located in New Delhi, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Moscow, Pretoria, and Shanghai besides the two within the country.

New Zealand.

Only the Mumbai and Beijing overseas offices will function and retain the capacity of visa-processing. The New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment has welcomed the proposal though cautiously.

The agency has 560 overseas officers and earnings of $200m per year from visa fees.

This is a significant period of change, but the measures are in place reflecting the volume of student and visitor visa applications made in the region. It also considers the significance in the technology platforms and the popularity of online visa-applications which provide an opportunity for evolving a better operating model.

The public service counters at Auckland Central and Henderson offices will also be closed.

The proposed changes are being affected after meeting the stakeholders, immigration advisers, and the staff and also after discussing the risk factors involved. This will streamline the process of issuing visas and benefit the country in the long run.  

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