In light of some customers missing the submission deadline for their Parent Category expression of interest (EOI), Immigration New Zealand has announced the addition of another Parent Category ballot. This new ballot, scheduled for September, will randomly select 100 EOIs from the ballot pool. To be considered for this selection, applicants must ensure they submit their EOI before 31 August 2023.
The decision to hold this additional ballot comes in response to concerns raised by some customers who were not aware of the 1 August 2023 deadline for EOI submissions. The introduction of this September ballot not only allows those who had missed the latest ballot a second chance, but also ensures that those who submitted their EOIs before the deadline are not at an unfair advantage.
Immigration New Zealand acknowledges the confusion and inconvenience caused by the lack of clear communication around the deadline for the Parent Category EOI ballot. The organization apologizes for any confusion that may have arisen due to this and strives to prevent such incidents in the future.
Furthermore, the addition of a one-time September draw does not affect the ongoing Parent Category selections every three months, taking place in November, February, May, and August. For applicants keen on being considered for the November draw, they must submit their EOI no later than 31 October. To be eligible for any upcoming ballot draws, it is necessary for interested parties to submit their EOIs before the first day of selection month.
In conclusion, the addition of the extra Parent Category ballot attests to Immigration New Zealand's commitment towards fairness and transparency in their selection process. The organization urges all applicants to observe the requisite submission deadlines and requirements to increase their chances of being selected.
Source: INZ website