Registration dates announced for 2012 Pacific Quota
19 March 2012
Registration with Immigration New Zealand for this year’s Samoa Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC) ballots will be open from 2 to 30 April 2012.
Eleven hundred places are available under SQ (Samoan nationals only) and 400 under PAC (Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati nationals only).
Acting head of Immigration Steve Stuart says the key things people planning to register should note are:
- Registering for SQ is free but there is a NZ$60 registration fee for PAC. This fee is reduced to NZ$25 for those who have registered in a previous year. The PAC fee is not refundable if a registration is unsuccessful in the ballot.
- Registrations will not be accepted from people living in New Zealand unlawfully.
- People registering must declare all their immediate family members on their registration form, even if they are not legally married. This will ensure all of them can be considered in a residence application form, if the registration is successful in the ballot.
- Only one registration form – fully completed, including address and phone number, and signed - is needed for each family. Copies of birth certificates must be provided for everyone named on the registration form.
- People who have been unsuccessful with previous SQ or PAC registrations can register again.
Nearly 7,200 registrations, covering just under 19,000 people, were received for last year’s SQ and PAC ballots. To date, 236 applications, covering 642 individuals, have been approved for the 2011 SQ and 59 applications, covering 205 individuals, for the 2011 PAC.
Ballot registration forms are now available from the nearest Immigration New Zealand branch or can be downloaded from the INZ website
Registrations received after 30 April 2012 will not be accepted and will be returned, together with fees (in the case of PAC registrations), to the sender.