Jump to navigation Jump to search For the school known as “NZIS”, see New Zealand Independent School Jakarta. Immigration New Zealand’s origins can be traced back to an informal “Immigration Department” that was established within the Lands and Survey Department in 1909. The Immigration Department was tasked with finding employment for new immigrants. By 1946, the Department of Labour’s immigration function had been transferred to a newly-created “Immigration Division” headed by Jack Brennan. This Immigration Division was tasked with administering New Zealand’s post-war assisted immigration scheme and came under the oversight of a newly-created Immigration ministerial portfolio. In 1971, the Immigration Division cooperated with the-then Ministry of Foreign Affairs to expand immigration to Asians with professional and technical qualifications, English language skills, and specific jobs. By 1975, rising unemployment led the New Zealand government to end its assisted migration scheme for migrants. By 1984, the Department of Labour’s Immigration Division had 157 staff. Following a review of the Department of Labour in 1988, the Immigration Division was revamped as the “Immigration Service. The Immigration Service established three regional and four branch offices. Staff numbers rose from 139 to 324 by 1992.
In 2004, Immigration New Zealand was designated as the government agency in charge of migration settlement. After the Department of Labour was merged into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in July 2012, Immigration New Zealand was incorporated into the new ministry. Immigration New Zealand is an agency within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment that is responsible for facilitating and regulating immigration, tourism, foreign students and workers, and foreign investment in New Zealand. Visa Services, which provides immigration advice, services, and visa application processing. Vision 2015, an initiative implemented in 2012 to upgrade INZ’s information and communications technology. Administratively, Immigration NZ is headed by Deputy Chief Executive Greg Patchell. Politically, the agency comes under the portfolio of the Minister of Immigration, which was created in 1946. Immigration New Zealand maintains eight offices in New Zealand. In addition, Immigration New Zealand also manages the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, which provides English language orientation classes, health screening, and mental health support for refugees who enter New Zealand under the Refugee Quota Programme.
In 1987, the New Zealand Government established a formal annual quota for refugees. Under the Refugee Quota Programme, New Zealand takes in 750 refugees annually. Visas are issued by INZ staff in offices throughout New Zealand and around the world. Visa Services is the group within Immigration New Zealand responsible for providing immigration advice, services, and visa application services. A visa has conditions that indicate what the holder of the visa may do. Visitor Visas, which allow a person to stay in New Zealand for a period of time to visit or for short-term study. Student Visas, which allow a person to study full-time in New Zealand. Residence visas, which allow a person to study, work, and live permanently in New Zealand. Because of understaffing turnaround times to process visa application have steadily increased over the years. Currently INZ expects to process visa applications within 60 working days after an application is lodged.
According to INZ, processing a residence application usually takes 6 to 9 months, while endorsing a passport with Residence Permits and Returning Resident’s Visa after ‘approval in principle’ has been granted takes up to 30 working days. In February 2004, Immigration Officer Manjit Singh was charged for theft for pocketing the proceeds of disposing of the assets of nationals deported from New Zealand. Lianne Dalziel, resigned as Minister for Immigration on 20 February 2004 for leaking and later lying about leaking it to the Media a copy of a legally privileged letter from a Sri Lankan asylum seeker, a scandal that was later referred to as Bunnygate. In 2008, Mary-Anne Thompson, the General Manager of the Pacific Division, was forced to resign after not one scandal, but two. The first scandal was where she was exposed as not only getting several relatives from Kiribati to NZ without a visa in full violation of immigration rules, but later obtaining them Permanent Residency under an annual quota. 500,000 untendered contract to set up the Pacific Branch to Pacific Edge International Limited, despite it being owned directed by senior Immigration Manager Kerupi Tavita, which when challenged the involvement of Tavita, simply bypassed this by resigning his directorship, and got his wife to substitute for him. In March 2009, Immigration NZ’s Pacific Division was dissolved by the Fifth National Government following a damning report which identified a range of problems including poor leadership, mismanagement, lack of accountability and transparency, poor services, and a “fiefdom” mentality. In 2009, The Christchurch and Sydney branches were revealed to have operated an unsanctioned “initiative” called “Project Crusade” between April and July 2008 in granting visas to applicants who had not submitted either medicals or police clearance certificates. It was halted following a review by the Department of Labour in 2009. In 2012, it was reported that 50 Immigration NZ staff had improperly accessed client information since the agency started its internal investigation process in 2004.
In November 2017, Immigration New Zealand’s efforts to close down several domestic branch offices in favour of shifting services online drew criticism from representatives of the Pacific communities in New Zealand including Member of Parliament William Sio. In November 2018, drug smuggler and convicted Czech criminal Karel Sroubek was granted residency by Minister of Immigration Ian Lees-Galloway. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Govt to axe troubled Immigration division”. Pacific Division to be re-integrated into NZ immigration department”. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Find your nearest office in New Zealand”.