Quota registrations closed for 2010 Pacific ballots
1 June 2010
Registrations for the 2010 Pacific quota for Samoa and Pacific Access Category ballots are now closed.
Immigration New Zealand is working on entering registration details into its computer system.
Each registration is given a unique registration number and goes into a ballot pool that will be drawn on 9 July 2010 (New Zealand time).
When the ballot is drawn, Immigration New Zealand will notify only those who have been successful. The successful applicants will then have six months to lodge their residence applications.
“Those chosen in a random ballot are invited to apply for residence if they can obtain a satisfactory job offer in New Zealand and meet other immigration requirements such as age, character and health,” says Nigel Bickle Head of Immigration New Zealand.
Obtaining residence in New Zealand can either be under the Samoan Quota (SQ) or the Pacific Access Category (PAC). Both the SQ and PAC basic requirement is guaranteed full-time employment in New Zealand and meeting the standard criteria relating to factors such as age, health and absence of criminal convictions.
Last year, SQ and PAC attracted a total of 20,230 SQ and 9,390 PAC registrations respectively (2009 PAC Kiribati registrants 3,523; 2009 PAC Tuvalu registrants 460; 2009 PAC Tonga registrants 5,407).