Amendments have been made to the general instructions as to the order and manner of processing of visa applications.
Applicants who are in and have lodged applications from within New Zealand or a Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) Zone are given first priority.
This includes residence class as well as temporary entry class visas. Applications from a QFT Zone are given first priority as a reflection of the applicants’ ability to travel to New Zealand while being exempt
from border restrictions.