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Is IPB and SAT one and the same?

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From: Ram

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

1: Is the Immigration Profiling Branch (IPB) and Specialist Assessment Team (SAT) one and the same?

2: If that's the case, my application was sent to IPB when I applied for a PhD student visa back in 2016; now in 2021, my case has been diverted to the SAT team with relation to my SMC residence visa. Is this the normal process?

Yours faithfully,
Ram.

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2122-0100

 

Dear Ram,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 12^th of july 2021 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“Is the Immigration Profiling Branch (IPB) and Specialist Assessment Team
(SAT) one and the same?

2: If that's the case, my application was sent to IPB when I applied for a
PhD student visa back in 2016; now in 2021, my case has been diverted to
the SAT team with relation to my SMC residence visa. Is this the normal
process?”

 

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: INZ BVO Ops Response
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Dear Ram

I am responding to your email as general correspondence as the request is not for official information we hold.

To answer both your queries - Yes, the Immigration Profiling Branch (IPB) and Specialist Assessment Team (SAT) are the same; and this is part of normal process of the National Security Check.

Regards

Penny Hazlett
SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, OPERATIONS SUPPORT
Border & Visa Operations, Immigration New Zealand
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

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