Information on skilled resident visas has been mistakenly posted on Immigration New Zealand’s website, a pre-copy of the government’s new housing standard.
About 34,000 people are waiting to see when the EOI ballot for skilled immigrants and parents will resume.
It has emerged that Immigration Minister Chris Fafui made the decision at least two months ago to reopen both avenues of residence for new applicants. The EOI selection – when immigrants are invited to apply for residency – was frozen in March last year.
Details published online about skilled resident visas indicate that more points are being allocated in areas with professional registration such as nurses and teachers or lack of absolute skills.
The information has since been removed. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has refused to confirm or deny that the uploaded points calculator is part of the new standard, and the Minister has not responded to requests for comment.
Immigration adviser David Cooper said it was a pre-copy of the new policy and would suggest that INZ was preparing its website for change.
He said it indicated an increase in the current points limit on the cards, and that this would mean that some people would no longer be eligible for housing.
“Is this a prelude to what the minister is about to announce? Lack of long-term expertise
“Of course, if they pass these changes and pass the pass number, not all of these 11,000 expressions of interest will be selected.”
How fast is it now
Many immigrants and their representatives have expressed anger and frustration that Immigration Minister Chris Fafui has been saying since March. The EOI will be decided soon.
But some members of the immigration advice community confirmed in writing to the minister in late June that decisions had been made.
Cooper said that although some delays in the announcement could be made in the time required to prepare the INZ, action was now urgently needed.
“They have made decisions about the selection criteria and an announcement will be made soon – and we are at the end of August and we don’t have that,” he said.
“The loss to New Zealand and to the people is more important than I think.
“I think what’s really important for the government is to move forward with it and not delay any longer because people and businesses need to move on with their lives, and there’s no excuse for not making a decision.” No – unless a decision is made a decision itself.
“In other words, there’s a reason why they’re not making announcements, that none of us understand at all.”
RNZ asked the minister why the June decision was not announced and when, but no response was received.
In a statement, a spokesman said: “The points calculator in the Skilled Immigrants category on the Immigration New Zealand website was inadvertently modified.
“It was a mistake and since then it has been corrected and restored to the distribution of correct points. We apologize for any confusion as a result of this error. It has yet to be made.”
Evidence decisions have already been made.
However, RNZ has seen evidence that the decisions were made at least two months ago.
Figures released under the Official Information Act show that 25,844 people (11,660 EOIs) are now awaiting removal from the Skilled Migrant (SMC) ballot, including 5,000 professionally registered people. 6000 requests included.
The EOI announcement is only part of the problem, as once housing applications have resumed, they will add 14,000 unprocessed SMC housing applications by the end of 2019.
The government has. Residence has not updated its policy on residential numbers for almost two years..
“I’ve been in this industry with the government and the private sector for almost 40 years and I’ve never been as angry as I am now,” Cooper said.
“The housing program ended at the end of December 2019. Now we are almost at the end of 21 2021 and nothing has been done and no. [of applications] Keep ballooning
“Poor Old Immigration New Zealand is constantly on the fire line but they don’t have the resources – 70 staff to process 14,000 housing applications.”