Paper based SMC applications

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From: Muhammad

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

I have following questions for you and need this information:
1 - how many paper based SMC applications are still in process who have applied from Dec 2019 till Mar 2020. Please divide them into onshore and offshore and month-wise.
2- Some of these applicants were not eligible for RV21 and/or haven’t applied for RV21, please indicate those separately.
3- Why all the onshore SMC applicants were not eligible for RV21? And who is responsible for pushing them behind the queue?
4- Now, while these people are suffering from drastic changes in immigration policies and settings, Will minister or immigration New Zealand formally apologise to these applicants? Because they are suffering from immigration policies which were not even available at the time of their applications. Some of them are waiting from 3 years since they submitted the application.
5- What’s the time frame to process all these existing paper based SMC applications or these applicants will be in limbo and wait for another 2-3 years?
6- Please provide the information how many immigration officers are working on these old SMC applications.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Muhammad

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2223-1080

Dear Muhammad,

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

“1 - how many paper based SMC applications are still in process who have
applied from Dec 2019 till Mar 2020. Please divide them into onshore and
offshore and month-wise.

2- Some of these applicants were not eligible for RV21 and/or haven’t
applied for RV21, please indicate those separately.

3- Why all the onshore SMC applicants were not eligible for RV21? And who
is responsible for pushing them behind the queue?

4- Now, while these people are suffering from drastic changes in
immigration policies and settings, Will minister or immigration New
Zealand formally apologise to these applicants? Because they are suffering
from immigration policies which were not even available at the time of
their applications. Some of them are waiting from 3 years since they
submitted the application.

5- What’s the time frame to process all these existing paper based SMC
applications or these applicants will be in limbo and wait for another 2-3
years?

6- Please provide the information how many immigration officers are
working on these old SMC applications. ”

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 and Employment

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