Why some non-prioritised SMC get allocation earlier than the earlier lodged

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From: Junlong

Dear Iain Lees-Galloway,

I would like to request information about how INZ allocates the non-prioritised Skilled Migrant Applications.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us...

Referring to the link above, "Applications that don’t meet either criterion for prioritisation are allocated to an immigration officer in the order they are received", but I have known a number of cases where the applications lodged later are allocated to Case Officer before those lodged earlier? Specifically, some cases lodged in Mar 2019 get allocated around Sep 2019, and some lodged in Nov 2019 get allocated in early 2020, etc. They all don't match the priority criteria and have NO special circumstances.

Could you please explain why INZ doesn't follow the order of lodgement in some cases?

Yours faithfully,

Junlong

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From: I Lees-Galloway (MIN)
Iain Lees-Galloway



On behalf of Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration, Minister for
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Office of Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Minister of Immigration

Minister for ACC

Deputy Leader of the House | MP for Palmerston North

P: 64 (4) 817 8713 | E: [7][Iain Lees-Galloway request email]  

                        Authorised by Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Wellington

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Good Afternoon

 

We acknowledge receipt of your official information request which we
received today, for the following information;

    

 I would like to request information about how INZ allocates the
non-prioritised Skilled Migrant Applications.

 

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us...

 

Referring to the link above, "Applications that don’t meet either
criterion for prioritisation are allocated to an immigration officer in
the order they are received", but I have known a number of cases where the
applications lodged later are allocated to Case Officer before those
lodged earlier? Specifically, some cases lodged in Mar 2019 get allocated
around Sep 2019, and some lodged in Nov 2019 get allocated in early 2020,
etc. They all don't match the priority criteria and have NO special
circumstances.

 

Could you please explain why INZ doesn't follow the order of lodgement in
some cases?

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in
any event no later than 20 working days after the day your request was
received.

 

If we are unable to respond to your request within the appropriate
timeframe, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.  If your
OIA request requires full or part transfer, we will contact you within the
required timeframe.

 

Regards

 

[1]Crest Office Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Minister of Immigration

Minister for ACC

Deputy Leader of the House | MP for Palmerston North

P: 64 (4) 817 8713 | E: [2][Iain Lees-Galloway request email]  

                        Authorised by Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Wellington

 

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Good Afternoon

 

I refer to your official information request dated 2 June 2020, for the
following information:

 

….about how INZ allocates the non-prioritised Skilled Migrant
Applications.

 

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

 

Referring to the link above, "Applications that don’t meet either
criterion for prioritisation are allocated to an immigration officer in
the order they are received", but I have known a number of cases where the
applications lodged later are allocated to Case Officer before those
lodged earlier? Specifically, some cases lodged in Mar 2019 get allocated
around Sep 2019, and some lodged in Nov 2019 get allocated in early 2020,
etc. They all don't match the priority criteria and have NO special
circumstances.

 

Could you please explain why INZ doesn't follow the order of lodgement in
some cases?

 

We are transferring your request to Immigration New Zealand at the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as the information to
which your request relates to is not held by us but is believed to be held
by them.

 

In these circumstances, we are required by section 14 of the Official
Information Act to transfer your request.

 

You will hear further from Immigration New Zealand concerning your
request. 

 

Regards

 

[2]Crest Office Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Minister of Immigration

Minister for ACC

Deputy Leader of the House | MP for Palmerston North

P: 64 (4) 817 8713 | E: [3][Iain Lees-Galloway request email]  

                        Authorised by Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Wellington

 

From: I Lees-Galloway (MIN)
Sent: Tuesday, 2 June 2020 1:03 PM
To: '[FOI #12997 email]'
<[4][FOI #12997 email]>
Subject: OIA Ack | Junlong | 2 June 2020

 

Good Afternoon

 

We acknowledge receipt of your official information request which we
received today, for the following information;

    

 I would like to request information about how INZ allocates the
non-prioritised Skilled Migrant Applications.

 

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

 

Referring to the link above, "Applications that don’t meet either
criterion for prioritisation are allocated to an immigration officer in
the order they are received", but I have known a number of cases where the
applications lodged later are allocated to Case Officer before those
lodged earlier? Specifically, some cases lodged in Mar 2019 get allocated
around Sep 2019, and some lodged in Nov 2019 get allocated in early 2020,
etc. They all don't match the priority criteria and have NO special
circumstances.

 

Could you please explain why INZ doesn't follow the order of lodgement in
some cases?

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in
any event no later than 20 working days after the day your request was
received.

 

If we are unable to respond to your request within the appropriate
timeframe, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.  If your
OIA request requires full or part transfer, we will contact you within the
required timeframe.

 

Regards

 

[6]Crest Office Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Minister of Immigration

Minister for ACC

Deputy Leader of the House | MP for Palmerston North

P: 64 (4) 817 8713 | E: [7][Iain Lees-Galloway request email]  

                        Authorised by Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Wellington

 

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From: Penny Hazlett

Dear Junlong

 

I have been allocated your OIA request to respond to. 

 

Firstly, I need to ensure that you are able to make such a request as per
Section 12 of the Official Information Act (OIA), i.e. you are a New
Zealand citizen, 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.

 

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I need you to provide confirmation that you meet this section of the OIA. 
Depending on your situation (as noted below) this can be in the form of:

·         NZ citizen or permanent resident - a copy of your passport (non
New Zealand passport holders include a copy of your residence visa); or

·         In New Zealand - evidence of your New Zealand residential
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passport.  

 

If you do not wish to provide this information via the fyi website, then
please email me directly at penny(dot)hazlett(at)mbie(dot)govt(dot)nz. 
Please remove the brackets and add in the symbols as I understand that the
FYI website blocks email addresses.  It would be appreciated if you could
provide this as soon as possible or by 5pm Wednesday 10 June 2020 (NZ
time).

 

 

Regards

 

Penny Hazlett

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

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From: Ministerial Services

Ref: 1920-1738

 

Dear Junlong,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 1 June 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

I would like to request information about how INZ allocates the
non-prioritised Skilled Migrant Applications.

 

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

 

Referring to the link above, "Applications that don’t meet either
criterion for prioritisation are allocated to an immigration officer in
the order they are received", but I have known a number of cases where the
applications lodged later are allocated to Case Officer before those
lodged earlier? Specifically, some cases lodged in Mar 2019 get allocated
around Sep 2019, and some lodged in Nov 2019 get allocated in early 2020,
etc. They all don't match the priority criteria and have NO special
circumstances.

 

Could you please explain why INZ doesn't follow the order of lodgement in
some cases?

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

Please note, due to ongoing COVID-19 response work, requests are currently
being triaged and those relating to Covid-19 processed as a priority.
Remaining requests are being assessed as per the Ombudsman’s guidance
(which can be found here:
[2]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/news/chief-ombudsmans-statement-official-information-response-times-during-covid-19-emergency)
and processed accordingly.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [3][email address].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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