Total number of people with a New Zealand residence status visa
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From: Chris Clarke
Dear Department of Internal Affairs,
Please can you establish and advise to me, the current number of people who have NZ Permanent Residence status visas?
That is essentially my request. It may be of some use to explain that I am wondering how many people in total would have the legal right to come and stay in NZ if everyone with a passport or NZ Residence all came together. As I understand it there are actually over 5 million "New Zealanders" but it's not clear if that includes people with NZ Permanent Residence status?
I have met a few people who come to NZ for long enough to get Permanent residence and then go back to their country of origin - presumably with that status as an insurance against future world events.
Goodness I thought. So how many people might there be? Are there millions? Should we be worried?
That is the basic concern.
Department of Internal Affairs
Kia ora Chris Clarke
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From: Ministerial Services
Dear Chris Clarke
On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 06 November 2018 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:
· Please can you establish and advise to me, the current number of
people who have NZ Permanent Residence status visas?
Your request has been transferred to the Ministry from Department of
Internal Affairs on 07 November 2018 and is being processed in accordance
with the Official Information Act 1982. A response will be sent to you in
due course. If you have any enquiries regarding your request feel free to
contact us via email [email address] or using the contact details
MANAGER, MINISTERIAL SERVICES
Corporate, Governance and Information
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
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From: Neil Bailey
Please find attached our response to your Official Information Act request dated 7 November 2018.
SENIOR BUSINESS ADVISOR, Operations Support
Visa Services, Immigration New Zealand
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Level 1, 15 Stout Street, Wellington, New Zealand