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To: Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration

Sort out the partnership visa processing delay at Immigration New Zealand

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Nicky Rikzom
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 SouthEast Asia region to the New Zealand office.

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 south and southeast Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and other countries.

This issue is affecting by 1000 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 a 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 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 heart breaking 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, 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

Together we are strong - I tahi e kaha ana tatou

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Reasons for signing

  • Personally we faced the same situation. The processing is india is too bad. It needs yo be removed. As kiwis we are a high quality nation. These people kill the kiwi qualities
  • It’s such a shame the minister of immigration nor the government is addressing this yet the government goes about mental health issue . They should realise that they are causing mental health issues with these visa delays. Such a shame. The government has failed in so many things
  • My son is married in February 2019 and still waiting for his wife. We whole family going through so much frustration as it’s been taking so long. This whole long process is effecting my son’s work and day to day life. Mumbai immigration is saying they are doing emergency cases first, I think all the newly wedded couples who living separate are cases of emergency. I appeal to immigration Minister NZ to kindly allow newly wed couples to live together by removing this long delay in visa process.


2019-06-29 16:23:30 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-28 09:14:23 +1200

500 signatures reached

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2019-06-27 13:50:44 +1200

50 signatures reached

2019-06-27 13:24:57 +1200

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