15 April 2024

Resident Visa applications continue to pour in with 70,000 received already

Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa category continue to roll in with nearly 70,000 received since applications first opened on 1 December 2021.

Even though the last date of applications is 31 July 2022, yet 68,912 applications, involving around 132,000 people have already been received by Immigration New Zealand(INZ).

According to INZ, around 45,000 of those applications, involving more than 77,500 people, have been received since Phase 2 opened on 1 March 2022.

INZ General Manager, Geoff Scott says the previous number of applications received in a 24-hour period was 3,526, so not only did we receive a record number of applications within the first 24-hours of Phase 2 opening, but we have seen this continue over the last ten days.

“To receive around 45,000 applications through our enhanced Immigration Online platform in the first ten days is a significant achievement and far exceeds the number received on a weekly basis in the past.”

Applications received through the enhanced Immigration Online platform from date of opening are continuing to be processed, while those received on or after 1 March will be processed at the end of the month.

“Since Phase 1 applications opened on 1 December 2021, 22,364 people have become New Zealand residents,” Geoff Scott says. 

“The fact that so many people have been approved in such a short time shows that the 2021 Resident Visa category is delivering on being quick and easy to assess.”

People who applied through the enhanced Immigration Online platform will be able to keep up to date with the progress of their application once processing commences at the end of the month.

Related stories: www.newsviews.co.nz/record-2021-resident-visa-applications-received-on-opening-day-today/ www.newsviews.co.nz/next-phase-of-applications-for-2021-nz-resident-visa-open-on-1-march/

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