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SMC vs Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa information request

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From: Santiago Novillo

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

I would like to request the following information regarding resident class visa applications:

1) Total number of non-priority (off-shore included) resident class visa applications accepted (on-hand) to date discriminated in Skilled Migrant Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others.

2) Number of ON-SHORE non-priority resident class visa applications accepted (on-hand) to date discriminated in Skilled Migrant Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others.

3) Monthly list with number of non-priority (off-shore included) resident class visa applications lodged between January 2019 to date discriminated in Skilled Migrant Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others.

4) Monthly list with number of ON-SHORE non-priority resident class visa applications lodged between January 2019 to date discriminated in Skilled Migrant Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others, listed per month.

5) Monthly list with number of ON-SHORE resident visa class applications, discriminated in priority and non-priority, allocated to a Case officer between August 2020 to date.

6) Average processing times for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas before the new prioritisation criteria came into effect on February 24th 2020.

7) A comprehensive and detailed description of the internal procedures followed by Case Officers to process Skilled Migrant Category and Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visas.

Thank you very much for your time and effort.

Yours faithfully,

Santiago Gonzalez Novillo

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-1016

Dear Santiago,

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 17 November 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

“I would like to request the following information regarding resident
class visa applications:

 

1) Total number of non-priority (off-shore included) resident class visa
applications accepted (on-hand) to date discriminated in Skilled Migrant
Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others.

 

2) Number of ON-SHORE non-priority resident class visa applications
accepted (on-hand) to date discriminated in Skilled Migrant Category,
Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others.

 

3) Monthly list with number of non-priority (off-shore included) resident
class visa applications lodged between January 2019 to date discriminated
in Skilled Migrant Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa
and Others.

 

4) Monthly list with number of ON-SHORE non-priority resident class visa
applications lodged between January 2019 to date discriminated in Skilled
Migrant Category, Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Others,
listed per month.

 

5) Monthly list with number of ON-SHORE resident visa class applications,
discriminated in priority and non-priority, allocated to a Case officer
between August 2020 to date.

 

6) Average processing times for Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident
Visas before the new prioritisation criteria came into effect on February
24th 2020.

 

7) A comprehensive and detailed description of the internal procedures
followed by Case Officers to process Skilled Migrant Category and Talent
(Accredited Employer) Resident Visas.”

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.
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free to contact us via email at [2][MBIE request email].

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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From: Adam Jones
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


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Dear Santiago,

 

I will be responding to your official information request regarding
resident class visa applications.

 

Could you please clarify the following:

 

When you ask information relating to ‘other’ resident visas, do you mean
the other resident from work(RFW) resident categories? e.g.  RFW – Talent
Arts, Sport Culture, RFW – Long Term Skill Shortage List, RFW – Religious
Worker, RFW – South Island Contribution.

 

Question 6 - are you happy to receive the processing times for Talent
(Accredited Employer) Resident Visas for the 12 months before 24 February
2020. So it will be from 24 Feb 2019 to 24 Feb 2020.

 

Could you please provide an answer before 5:00pm 20 November 2020.

Kinds regards

Adam Jones

Business Advisor

Border & Visa Operations - Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
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From: Santiago Novillo

Dear Adam Jones,

Thank you very much for getting back to me so fast.

Please find the answers to your questions below:

When you ask information relating to ‘other’ resident visas, do you mean
the other resident from work(RFW) resident categories? e.g. RFW – Talent
Arts, Sport Culture, RFW – Long Term Skill Shortage List, RFW – Religious
Worker, RFW – South Island Contribution.

What I mean by "Other" is any resident visa class other than SMC and Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa (So, all the ones you mentioned + any other resident visa class that there may exist)

Question 6 - are you happy to receive the processing times for Talent
(Accredited Employer) Resident Visas for the 12 months before 24 February
2020. So it will be from 24 Feb 2019 to 24 Feb 2020.

Yes, that would be great. Thank you

I appreciate your time and effort.

Yours sincerely,

Santiago Novillo

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Jan J. Bornheim left an annotation ()

You have clarified that you "mean by "Other" is any resident visa class other than SMC and Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa (So, all the ones you mentioned + any other resident visa class that there may exist)". That seems overly broad, as it would include resident visas in the family and humanitarian category, which operate in different queues. It might be better to restrict the question to resident visas in the business/skilled category.

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From: Santiago Novillo

Dear Adam Jones,

I want to rectify my previous message regarding the following question:

When you ask information relating to ‘other’ resident visas, do you mean
the other resident from work(RFW) resident categories? e.g. RFW – Talent
Arts, Sport Culture, RFW – Long Term Skill Shortage List, RFW – Religious
Worker, RFW – South Island Contribution.

By "Other" resident visas I mean all resident visas other than SMC and Talent Accredited in the Business/Skilled category, which would exclude family and humanitarian categories.

Yours sincerely,

Santiago Novillo

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From: Adam Jones
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Dear Santiago,

I was going to follow up with your previous email. The Family/Humanitiaran categories are not broken into the same queues as the skill residence applications are. Thank you for clarifying with me.

I have followed up with the office processing the business category residence visas entrepreneur/investor. They have advised that they do not break these down into priority/non-priority, onshore/offshore.

They follow the allocations rules laid out in Immigration instruction A16.1 https://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanua...

I will request the information for the skilled residence queues listed below, however for all other categories, as they are not separated in the same way, we will not be able to report this in the form you have requested.

Kind regards
Adam

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From: Santiago Novillo

Hi Adam,

That sounds great. Thank you so much for being so diligent.

Kind regards,

Santiago Novillo

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From: Santiago Novillo

Hi Adam,

Would it be possible to add one more point to the request please?

8) Total number of Talent (Accredited Employer) WORK visas granted from February 24th 2018 to February 24th 2020.

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Santiago Novillo

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From: Adam Jones
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Hi Santiago,

No issue, I have added this question in with the others. Just to be aware as we have finalised the request and an additional question has been added, the 20 days for response will begin from today.

An amended date for response will be 18 December 2020.

Kind regards
Adam

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From: Santiago Novillo

Hi Adam,

Of course, I understand.

Sorry, I would like to rectify the previous point (instead of a total I'd like a monthly list please):

8) Monthly list of Talent (Accredited Employer) WORK visas granted from February 24th 2018 to February 24th 2020.

Kind regards,

Santiago Novillo

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From: Adam Jones
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Hi Santiago,

This has been noted.

Kind regards
Adam

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