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Does COVID-19 affect the visa processing in New Zealand

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From: John

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

I would like to know if COVID-19 affects the visa processing in New Zealand.

If yes, how does it affect? and which visa categories are affected?
If no, why it does not? what measures have INZ taken?

Yours faithfully,

John

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


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Dear John,

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 20 March 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

I would like to know if COVID-19 affects the visa processing in New
Zealand.

 

If yes, how does it affect? and which visa categories are affected?

If no, why it does not? what measures have INZ taken?

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course. If you have any enquiries regarding
your request feel free to contact us via email [MBIE request email] or using
the contact details below.

 

Nāku noa, nā

Ministerial Services

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

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Good afternoon,

 

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced a COVID-19 alert
system for New Zealand.

 

As a result of this, the response to your Official Information Act request
will be delayed. We will endeavour to provide a response to you as soon as
possible once the situation has stabilised.

In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding.

 

If you no longer require this information, please let us know via this
email address.

 

Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services

Email: [1][MBIE request email]

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From: Penny Hazlett
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Dear John

 

I am looking into your request that was received by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation & Employment on 20 March 2020.

 

Firstly, I just need to ensure that you are eligible to make such a
request as per section 12 of the Official Information Act 1982, i.e. you
are a New Zealand citizen, New Zealand permanent resident or in New
Zealand.  I have pasted the relevant section of the Act as well as the
relevant web link at the bottom of this email.

Action

I need you to provide confirmation that you meet this section of the OIA. 
This can be in the form of:

·       New Zealand citizen - a copy of your passport;

·       New Zealand Permanent Resident - a copy of your passport and a
copy of your residence visa; or

·       In New Zealand - evidence of your New Zealand residential address
( e.g. rental agreements, etc. ) and a copy of your passport. 

 

If you do not wish to provide this information via the fyi website, then
please email me directly at the below email.  Noted – please remove the
brackets from the below address:

penny(.)hazlett(@)mbie(.)govt(.)nz

 

It would be appreciated if you could provide this as soon as possible or
by 12pm Monday 30 March 2020 (NZ time) at the latest. If I do not hear
from you by this time, then your request will be closed and no further
action will be taken.

 

Regards

 

Penny Hazlett

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

[email address] |

Level 1, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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From: Penny Hazlett
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Dear John

 

You have not responded to the below email that requests confirmation to
support that you are able to make such a request as per section 12 of the
Official Information Act 1982.

 

Your request is now closed.

 

I do note that your request is in regards to COVID 19.  Please refer to
the INZ website for all information and any updates.

 

[1]https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us...

 

 

Regards

 

Penny Hazlett

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

[2][email address] | Telephone: +64 4 896 5378|

Level 1, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand

 

From: Penny Hazlett
Sent: Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:35 PM
To: 'John' <[FOI #12488 email]>; *OIA
<[email address]>
Subject: RE: Official Information request - Does COVID-19 affect the visa
processing in New Zealand [UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Dear John

 

I am looking into your request that was received by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation & Employment on 20 March 2020.

 

Firstly, I just need to ensure that you are eligible to make such a
request as per section 12 of the Official Information Act 1982, i.e. you
are a New Zealand citizen, New Zealand permanent resident or in New
Zealand.  I have pasted the relevant section of the Act as well as the
relevant web link at the bottom of this email.

 

Action

I need you to provide confirmation that you meet this section of the OIA. 
This can be in the form of:

·       New Zealand citizen - a copy of your passport;

·       New Zealand Permanent Resident - a copy of your passport and a
copy of your residence visa; or

·       In New Zealand - evidence of your New Zealand residential address
( e.g. rental agreements, etc. ) and a copy of your passport. 

 

If you do not wish to provide this information via the fyi website, then
please email me directly at the below email.  Noted – please remove the
brackets from the below address:

penny(.)hazlett(@)mbie(.)govt(.)nz

 

It would be appreciated if you could provide this as soon as possible or
by 12pm Monday 30 March 2020 (NZ time) at the latest. If I do not hear
from you by this time, then your request will be closed and no further
action will be taken.

 

Regards

 

Penny Hazlett

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

[3][email address] |

Level 1, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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