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From: Nirav Shastri

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

Yours faithfully,

1) Going through previous FYI responses, I see that you keep posting us with weekly statistics
on the allocation numbers for priority and non-priority queues. The latest data we have was
for the week commencing 1 May 2020. Therefore, could I please ask you to provide CO
(thereafter CO – Case Officer) allocation figures for the following weeks (separately for
priority and non-priority queues):
a) Week commencing 02 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO
b) Week commencing 09 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO
c) Week commencing 16 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO
d) Week commencing 23 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO
2) What is the lodgement date for the oldest non-priority SMC/RFW application?
3) What is the total number of non-priority applications in SMC/RFW non-priority queue
currently awaiting for CO allocation? Also, please provide number of applicants behind these
applications.
4) Could you please provide breakdown on the number of offshore and
onshore applications (applicants) awaiting for allocation in the SMC/RFW non-priority queue.
5) What is the number of priority SMC/RFW applications currently awaiting for officer
allocation?
6) Do you process offshore priority SMC applications? Are these applications being prioritized
over non-priority SMC/RFW onshore applications?
7) Could you please provide monthly breakdown numbers on how many non-priority
SMC/RFW applications/applicants who lodged their applications last year (2019) are waiting
for CO allocation:
a) May 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
b) June 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
c) July 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
d) August 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
e) September 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
f) October 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
g) November 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
h) December 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation / Number of
applicants waiting for CO allocation
8) When did Immigration New Zealand adopt the policy of application prioritisation and when
it was first shared with broad public?
9) What is the definition of "reasonable timeframe" for the SMC/RFW applications?
10) How many Immigration Officers Working on SMC?
11) How many application allocating to CO each week?
12) for how long Immigration was closed in Christmas Period?

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-1000

 

Dear Nirav,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 15^th November 2020 requesting under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“1) Going through previous FYI responses, I see that you keep posting us
with weekly statistics on the allocation numbers for priority and
non-priority queues. The latest data we have was for the week commencing 1
May 2020. Therefore, could I please ask you to provide CO (thereafter CO –
Case Officer) allocation figures for the following weeks (separately for
priority and non-priority queues):

a) Week commencing 02 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO

b) Week commencing 09 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO

c) Week commencing 16 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO

d) Week commencing 23 Nov 2020 – Number of priority applications got CO /
Number of non-priority applications got CO

2) What is the lodgement date for the oldest non-priority SMC/RFW
application?

3) What is the total number of non-priority applications in SMC/RFW
non-priority queue currently awaiting for CO allocation? Also, please
provide number of applicants behind these applications.

4) Could you please provide breakdown on the number of offshore and
onshore applications (applicants) awaiting for allocation in the SMC/RFW
non-priority queue.

5) What is the number of priority SMC/RFW applications currently awaiting
for officer allocation?

6) Do you process offshore priority SMC applications? Are these
applications being prioritized over non-priority SMC/RFW onshore
applications?

7) Could you please provide monthly breakdown numbers on how many
non-priority SMC/RFW applications/applicants who lodged their applications
last year (2019) are waiting for CO allocation:

                            a) May 2019 - Number of applications waiting
for CO allocation / Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

                            b) June 2019 - Number of applications waiting
for CO allocation / Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

                            c) July 2019 - Number of applications waiting
for CO allocation / Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

                            d) August 2019 - Number of applications
waiting for CO allocation / Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

e) September 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation /
Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

f) October 2019 - Number of applications waiting for CO allocation /
Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

                            g) November 2019 - Number of applications
waiting for CO allocation / Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

                            h) December 2019 - Number of applications
waiting for CO allocation / Number of applicants waiting for CO allocation

8) When did Immigration New Zealand adopt the policy of application
prioritisation and when it was first shared with broad public?

9) What is the definition of "reasonable timeframe" for the SMC/RFW
applications?

10) How many Immigration Officers Working on SMC?

11) How many application allocating to CO each week?

12) for how long Immigration was closed in Christmas Period?”

 

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Nâku noa, nâ

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