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Re: Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa Processing

Renoh Chalakkal made this Official Information request to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

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From: Renoh Chalakkal

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,
First of let me confirm that I am currently residing in New Zealand and have previously provided the proof for this with my previous OIA request submitted in May 2020.

Following are my query:

1. It was replied to many previous OIA requests on SMS visa processing that many applications from the general queue are able to get CO assigned quickly, by jumping the queue who are given priority status by the MBIE through the Visa escalation process. I want to know if there are any official criteria or conditions available using which MBIE/Immigration NZ decides which all applications to be escalated to priority queue from the general queue. Or is it only depending on the person evaluating such requests? If so how it is expected to be a standardized process?

2. If there are any such criteria laid out that is currently being used for the escalation, why the Immigration NZ is not making it public?

3. What is/are the process/documents that one has to provide to the visa escalation team to consider the case?

4. What is the email ID/contact number of the respective visa escalation team from MBIE/Immigration NZ?

Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Renoh Chalakkal

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-0246

 

Dear Renoh,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 31 July 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

1. It was replied to many previous OIA requests on SMS visa processing
that many applications from the general queue are able to get CO assigned
quickly, by jumping the queue who are given priority status by the MBIE
through the Visa escalation process. I want to know if there are any
official criteria or conditions available using which MBIE/Immigration NZ
decides which all applications to be escalated to priority queue from the
general queue. Or is it only depending on the person evaluating such
requests? If so how it is expected to be a standardized process?

 

2. If there are any such criteria laid out that is currently being used
for the escalation, why the Immigration NZ is not making it public?

 

3. What is/are the process/documents that one has to provide to the visa
escalation team to consider the case?

 

4. What is the email ID/contact number of the respective visa escalation
team from MBIE/Immigration NZ?

 

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

 

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being triaged and those relating to Covid-19 processed as a priority.
Remaining requests are being assessed as per the Ombudsman’s guidance
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and processed accordingly.

 

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Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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