New Zealand reopens Pacific registration system
New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced the reopening of visa registrations from the Pacific.
Entries for the Samoan quota will reopen on October 3 and for the Pacific Access category from October 5.
Wood said these pathways will enable up to 5,900 people to become New Zealand residents over the next two years, helping to reduce the impact of global labor shortages and grow the economy. .
“This is a major milestone as the Pacific Access Category and Samoan Quota are long-standing visa categories that allow people from our Pacific partner countries to become residents of New Zealand,” Wood said.
“It recognizes the historic relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific, and we are delighted to see these categories open up again to our Pacific neighbours.
“Registration for the polls will now be done primarily online. The move to online voting will see a faster and more streamlined process for registrants, as the polls are only open for one month.
“We also recognize the impact that going online will have in certain circumstances, and efforts have been made to ensure resources are available to ensure registrants have all the information they need to apply online. with ease.
“The 5,900 spots over the next two years include unused spots from the 2020/2021 ballots that are being redistributed. Unused Pacific Access Category ballots will be reallocated between the years 2022 and 2023 , while the Samoan quota ballots will be reallocated over the four years from 2022 to 2025.
“We look forward to welcoming more of our Pacific neighbors through these residency pathways,” said Michael Wood.
Registration for the Samoan quota will be open until November 2 and registration for the Pacific Access category will be open until November 4.