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To: Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration
Sort out the partnership visa processing delay at Immigration New Zealand
Dear Minister, we ask you to take urgent steps to resolve the partnership visa processing delay at Immigration New Zealand. We suggest this situation could be fixed quickly by redirecting applications from the Mumbai Immigration NZ office, which handles all applications for South and South East Asia region to the New Zealand office. Applicants are desperately waiting 8 to 9 months to tempory visit visa for their partners - and we also request favorable processing time no less than 3 months.
Why is this important?
We believe all Kiwis highly value our family relationships. Yet the Immigration New Zealand office in Mumbai is creating long delays to process any application from the south and southeast Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines, and other countries.
This issue is affecting by 10000 of people who currently live in New Zealand because their partnership visa has not been allocated to a case officer.
This failure of the administration is affecting people’s lives and ripping apart families.
Delays to visa processing, which began last November still continues to separate families now, families which are waiting to reunite in New Zealand, including newly wedded couples and new-born babies.
Immigration New Zealand closed many offshore offices due to 2018 restructure and has not hired enough staff to process the incoming applications. If this is causing the problem then the Minister must address this.
According to INZ, in the last five years of operation to obtain a partnership visitor visa takes more no than 2-3 months.However, people who are desperately waiting for their visa application are waiting to be allocated to a case officer for at least 6-7 months.
This long separation is heartbreaking from a partner or family’s perspective, who are already in New Zealand waiting for many months.
INZ also fails to process student visas in a timely way, with some students waiting for 6 months without updates and unable to start their courses. Most of them must then consider going to another country like Canada, Australia, the United States and affects New Zealand’s reputation across the globe.
Hundreds of letters of complaints have been sent to INZ and the Immigration Minister. If you wish to you can email the Minister directly at email@example.com.
Together we are strong - I tahi e kaha ana tatou
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