Immigration NZ: National Security Check instructions and statistics

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From: Scott

Dear Immigration New Zealand,

This is a request for information regarding INZ's National Security Check procedure.

I request the following statistics, per year from 2017 to 2019:

1) The number of National Security Check forms processed per year
2) The average time taken to process a National Security Check form
3) The number of visa applications referred to NZSIS for the purposes of running a National Security Check
4) The average time it takes NZSIS to process a National Security Check
5) The number of national security risk assessments received by INZ from the NZSIS
6) The average time taken for NZSIS to provide INZ a national security risk assessment

I also request one set of documents:

The Royal Commission into the Christchurch Attacks report notes that

"Immigration New Zealand rely on national security instructions to determine if a visa applicant requires a National Security Check before their visa application can be processed."

I request a copy of these intructions.

Yours,
Scott

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2021-2261

Dear Scott,

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 11 May 2021 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

“This is a request for information regarding INZ's National Security Check
procedure.

I request the following statistics, per year from 2017 to 2019:

1) The number of National Security Check forms processed per year

2) The average time taken to process a National Security Check form

3) The number of visa applications referred to NZSIS for the purposes of
running a National Security Check

4) The average time it takes NZSIS to process a National Security Check

5) The number of national security risk assessments received by INZ from
the NZSIS

6) The average time taken for NZSIS to provide INZ a national security
risk assessment

I also request one set of documents:

The Royal Commission into the Christchurch Attacks report notes that
"Immigration New Zealand rely on national security instructions to
determine if a visa applicant requires a National Security Check before
their visa application can be processed."

I request a copy of these intructions.”

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].

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: Scott

Dear Ministerial Services,

Thank you for the acknowledgement of receipt.

I'd just like to add one small addition to my request, just in case it isn't captured in what I first submitted.

The addition is as follows:

"I also request the list of countries or territories considered by INZ to be of possible security concern in visa application processing."

Yours sincerely,

Scott

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From: Penny Hazlett
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment


Attachment DOIA 2021 2261 Scott extn letter.pdf
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Dear Scott

 

Please find attached a letter extending the timeframe for our response.

 

Regards

 

Penny Hazlett

SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

 

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