Visa Application Information

Simon Whittle made this Official Information request to Minister of Immigration

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From: Simon Whittle

Dear Minister of Immigration,

I am a New Zealander living in the United Arab Emirates. I will be returning home at the end of March to visit my family and friends and I have invited a friend, of Iraqi decent but based in Dubai, to visit while I am there.

He has to apply for a visit visa and provided 32 pages of application forms, visa details for his residency in the UAE, letter of employment along with the other necessary information to support his application. I myself have even written an email to support his application.

However, given the very tight (and somewhat extreme) visa approval process, the application was declined.

As a New Zealand Citizen, under the Official Information Act 1982, I request that you provide me with all of the information relating to Visa Application AN12513511 for Mr. Ali Nidham Mohammed Ali.

Yours faithfully,
Simon Graeme Whittle

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Joshua Grainger left an annotation ()

1) You should send this to the New Zealand Immigration Service, not the Minister of Immigration. They'll be the ones that hold the information.

2) You should get a privacy wavier from your friend, otherwise information will be held back for privacy reasons.

3) You could consider doing a Privacy Act request rather than an OIA request, as this is what is intended to be used for private information about people.

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From: Andrew Ketels

Dear Simon Graeme Whittle,

I refer to your Official Information Act request received by the Office of Hon Nathan Guy, dated 7 March 2014, which has been forwarded to the Office of Hon Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Immigration, for reply.

This email is to notify you that I am transferring your request to Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This transfer is occurring because the information to which your request relates is not held by the Minister's office.

Further correspondence on this request will therefore come to you from INZ. Please note the time limit for responding will be 20 working days from when INZ receives the transfer.

Kind regards,

Andrew Ketels
Private Secretary (Immigration)
Office of Hon Nikki Kaye
Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand

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From: Jung Ah Yang

Dear Simon

Thank you for an information request.
The request was forwarded to the Privacy Team on 10/03/2014 and has been lodged under the application no. 12618928.

To be able to process further, would you please confirm your date of birth and passport no in order to add you as a contact for this request?
Also please send an authority letter signed by the client, Ali Nidham Mohammed Ali, stating you act on behalf of him.

Kind regards,

Chloe Yang
Support Officer | OIA Team
Auckland Central Area Office | Visa Services | Immigration Group
Immigration New Zealand |Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
PO Box 3773 | Auckland City 1140 | New Zealand
Fax: +64 9 914 4118

Did we do what we said we would do? Please email any feedback you may have to [email address]

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