Since February of this year, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has experienced a significant rise in the number of visa applications for partners and dependents of temporary visa holders.
In a typical month, INZ receives around 5,000 applications. However, recent numbers have consistently surpassed this, with over 13,000 applications received in May alone.
This surge in applications can be attributed to two main factors. Firstly, there has been a rush of Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) applications before the upcoming median wage increase. Secondly, recent changes to partner work rights in May 2023 have also contributed to this influx.
As a result of these circumstances, the average processing time for applications is expected to increase. Rest assured, the INZ website will be regularly updated to keep customers informed about the situation.
To handle this high volume of applications, staff reallocation has been implemented to expedite processing times.
The goal of INZ is to process complete visa applications promptly. However, bear in mind that thorough assessment is necessary before decisions can be made, which inevitably takes time.
There is also a concerning trend where visa applications for partners and dependents are being submitted without all the necessary information. We strongly urge applicants to ensure that all required documents are submitted for smooth processing.
To enhance the chances of a successful application, please take note of the following: