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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 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

Together we are strong - I tahi e kaha ana tatou

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Reasons for signing

  • I am a NZ resident and waiting for my partner visitor visa for more than three months. The case officer has not been assigned yet. I am emotionally drained and exhausted.
  • My husband applied my visa 7months ago since got no response its really very tough to live in such a long distance after marriage., we missed each other so much. We never expect this from New Zealand immigration. Please do whatever possible as soon as possible so that all loved once can meet to each other please.
  • I apply my file in april but yet they did not tell anything about us on my visa file.. we still waiting for any response.


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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100 signatures reached

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

50 signatures reached

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

25 signatures reached

2019-06-27 13:11:36 +1200

10 signatures reached