It's Ballot Day Today
23 July 2010
Head of Immigration New Zealand Nigel Bickle says today is a significant step in our relationship with Pacific countries. “Citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu who have submitted their registration applications for this year’s ballot under the Samoan Quota (SQ) or Pacific Access Category (PAC) will soon find out if their applications are successful from the ballot draw today”.
Mr Bickle says the SQ and PAC quota provides an opportunity for Pacific people to migrate permanently to New Zealand.
“Those successful in the ballots are invited to apply for residence in New Zealand if they obtain a satisfactory job offer and meet other immigration requirements”.
“The New Zealand Immigration Service will contact the successful ballottees and they will have until Saturday 12 February 2011 to lodge their applications for New Zealand residency”, adds Mr Bickle.
The successful registration numbers will be displayed at the Immigration New Zealand branches in Nuku’alofa, Suva and Apia. Lists will also be advertised at the Auckland Pacific Division Manukau, Westfield Plaza, New Zealand High Commission in Tarawa, Tuvalu High Commission in Suva and the Tuvalu Department of Labour. Major Pacific newspapers will also be informed and lists advertised on the Immigration New Zealand website www.immigration.govt.nz.
Applicants in New Zealand can contact the Immigration Contact Centre on 0508-55-88-55 to find out if their application is successful.