Information about the new Straight to Residency applications and processing capacity

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From: Grant Johnson

Dear Immigration New Zealand (INZ),

I am writing to request information regarding the new Straight to Residence (STR) Visa.

1. How many case officers (COs) are currently processing STR applications or are available to process STR applications?

2. INZ Operational Manual sections SR1.1.b states that STR is part of the general skilled migrant residency stream. Does that mean that operationally, the INZ COs who are tasked with processing STR applications are also processing the tail end of the Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work (RFW) queue, the last of which was allocated recently to COs? If so, how many applications total in the Skilled Migrant Category (both the new STR and old SMC/RFW) are currently allocated to a CO but have not yet been decided upon (i.e. are under assessment)?

3. INZ Operational Manual sections SR1.1.c states that STR applications are prioritised above "other skilled residence applications". Can you confirm that "other skilled residence applications" in this context refers specifically to SMC and RFW applications? If so, can you explain operationally what form this prioritisation takes? Is the prioritisation done at the level of allocation of applications to COs, or within the work of the COs (i.e. the CO is expected to process all STR applications they have been allocated before working on SMC/RFW applications)?

4. STR was opened for applications on 5 September. Can you provide the number of applications lodged for STR, as well as the number of total people represented by these applications (i.e. including partners/dependent children), by week of lodgement, since the opening of this category? And for each of those weeks of applications lodged, can you break the number of applications down by the current status of those applications using whatever categories INZ attaches to applications (such as: awaiting allocation, allocated/under assessment, approved, or rejected)?

If any of this information is being pro-actively released on INZ's website, please include a link to the relevant page.

Thank you for your time and assistance in assembling this information.

Yours faithfully,

Grant Johnson

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Dear Grant Johnson,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 22^nd September 2022 requesting under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

‘request information regarding the new Straight to Residence (STR) Visa.

 

1. How many case officers (COs) are currently processing STR applications
or are available to process STR applications?

 

2. INZ Operational Manual sections SR1.1.b states that STR is part of the
general skilled migrant residency stream. Does that mean that
operationally, the INZ COs who are tasked with processing STR applications
are also processing the tail end of the Skilled Migrant Category and
Residence from Work (RFW) queue, the last of which was allocated recently
to COs? If so, how many applications total in the Skilled Migrant Category
(both the new STR and old SMC/RFW) are currently allocated to a CO but
have not yet been decided upon (i.e. are under assessment)?

 

3. INZ Operational Manual sections SR1.1.c states that STR applications
are prioritised above "other skilled residence applications". Can you
confirm that "other skilled residence applications" in this context refers
specifically to SMC and RFW applications? If so, can you explain
operationally what form this prioritisation takes? Is the prioritisation
done at the level of allocation of applications to COs, or within the work
of the COs (i.e. the CO is expected to process all STR applications they
have been allocated before working on SMC/RFW applications)?

 

4. STR was opened for applications on 5 September. Can you provide the
number of applications lodged for STR, as well as the number of total
people represented by these applications (i.e. including
partners/dependent children), by week of lodgement, since the opening of
this category? And for each of those weeks of applications lodged, can you
break the number of applications down by the current status of those
applications using whatever categories INZ attaches to applications (such
as: awaiting allocation, allocated/under assessment, approved, or
rejected)?

 

If any of this information is being pro-actively released on INZ's
website, please include a link to the relevant page.’

 

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

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Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

15 Stout Street, Wellington 6011 |  P O Box 1473 Wellington 6140

 

 

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