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SMC / RFW queue data

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From: Anatoliy Goryachev

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

My name is Anatoliy and I've been residing in New Zealand for the past three years. Currently in Auckland.

Please help me to get answers on couple requests regarding Skilled Migrants Category / Residence From Work (thereafter SMC/RFW) applications backlog. As you aware, currently all residence applications are divided into two streams: priority (those earning double median wage and with occupational registration) and non-priority (the rest):

1) Please provide number of priority / non-priority (separately) SMC/RFW applications that were lodged and currently waiting for case officer allocation for each month from August 2019 to April 2021;

2) Please provide the number of applications that were lodged and are still unallocated in the priority / non-priority (separately) SMC/RFW queue for every single day between 01 August 2019 and 31 December 2019 (including 01 August 2021 and 31 December if any;

3) Could you please share the numbers on how many residence applications were allocated to case officers (separately for priority and non-priority queue) for each of the weeks commencing on 01 March 2021, 08 March 2021, 15 March 2021, 22 March 2021, 29 March 2021, 05 April 2021, 12 April 2021, 19 April 2021, 26 April 2021, etc...;

4) Which lodgment date (non-priority, SMC/RFW queue) is INZ allocating at the time of the reply? Why INZ has changed its policy on sharing the non-priority queue updates? We used to get the latest allocation date from the MBIE INZ Senior Technical Advisor on a weekly basis - but now they refuse to share this information and instead refer us to OIA requests. OIA requests may take up to 28 working days - so we won't have access to the latest data and will be forced to lodge OIA requests on a weekly basis which will increase workload of MBIE business advisor. Could you please share any communication between MBIE INZ Senior Technical Advisor and/or INZ management on this issue.

5) Please provide the latest lodgment date of the non-priority SMC/RFW application after weekly allocation completed (what is the latest lodgment date of application allocated to case officer) for each of the weeks commencing on 01 March 2021, 08 March 2021, 15 March 2021, 22 March 2021, 29 March 2021, 05 April 2021, 12 April 2021, 19 April 2021, 26 April 2021, etc...;

Yours faithfully,
Anatoliy Goryachev

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-1915

 

Dear Anatoliy,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 27^th March 2021 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

My name is Anatoliy and I've been residing in New Zealand for the past
three years. Currently in Auckland. Please help me to get answers on
couple requests regarding Skilled Migrants Category / Residence From Work
(thereafter SMC/RFW) applications backlog. As you aware, currently all
residence applications are divided into two streams: priority (those
earning double median wage and with occupational registration) and
non-priority (the rest):

1) Please provide number of priority / non-priority (separately) SMC/RFW
applications that were lodged and currently waiting for case officer
allocation for each month from August 2019 to April 2021;

2) Please provide the number of applications that were lodged and are
still unallocated in the priority / non-priority (separately) SMC/RFW
queue for every single day between 01 August 2019 and 31 December 2019
(including 01 August 2021 and 31 December if any;

3) Could you please share the numbers on how many residence applications
were allocated to case officers (separately for priority and non-priority
queue) for each of the weeks commencing on 01 March 2021, 08 March 2021,
15 March 2021, 22 March 2021, 29 March 2021, 05 April 2021, 12 April 2021,
19 April 2021, 26 April 2021, etc...;

4) Which lodgment date (non-priority, SMC/RFW queue) is INZ allocating at
the time of the reply? Why INZ has changed its policy on sharing the
non-priority queue updates? We used to get the latest allocation date from
the MBIE INZ Senior Technical Advisor on a weekly basis - but now they
refuse to share this information and instead refer us to OIA requests. OIA
requests may take up to 28 working days - so we won't have access to the
latest data and will be forced to lodge OIA requests on a weekly basis
which will increase workload of MBIE business advisor. Could you please
share any communication between MBIE INZ Senior Technical Advisor and/or
INZ management on this issue.

5) Please provide the latest lodgment date of the non-priority SMC/RFW
application after weekly allocation completed (what is the latest lodgment
date of application allocated to case officer) for each of the weeks
commencing on 01 March 2021, 08 March 2021, 15 March 2021, 22 March 2021,
29 March 2021, 05 April 2021, 12 April 2021, 19 April 2021, 26 April 2021,
etc...;

 

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, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [1][MBIE request email].

 

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

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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From: Anna McLachlan
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


Attachment 2021 1915 OIA extension letter.pdf
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Dear Anatoliy Goryachev

Please see attached a letter explaining that we require more time to respond to your request.

Ngā mihi

Anna McLachlan (she/her)
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Operations Support, Border and Visa Operations Branch
Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

[email address]
Level 1, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6011

My working hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm

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