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Changes to the Immigration Online System

Changes to the Immigration Online System

Immigration New Zealand has started delivering enhancements to its Immigration Online system. The paperless visa processing technology is being phased in to make applying for a visa easier and improve visa processing times.

What is Immigration Online?

Immigration Online is a system that allows people to apply online for certain types of visa categories like work, student, visitor, group visitor, partner of a New Zealander Resident and dependent child resident visas.

Changes to the Immigration Online system

On 31 January 2022, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has started making improvements to the Immigration Online system. This is being done to phase in paperless visa processing technology to make the application process easier and improve visa processing time.

  • Applying for a visa made faster & easier

At the time of application, applicants will be informed about the evidence they need to submit. If medical certificates are needed, they will be requested after the application is lodged.  Visa sponsors & supporting partners can submit their declarations online. The system includes new tools that will help the applicant to provide correct & complete information. E.g. global address finder, photo quality checker. There are plans of introducing an eChip verification mobile app in the future. There will be fewer follow-ups which means a visa application will be processed more quickly.

  • Progress updates and email notifications

The status of an application will be shown in real-time on the online dashboard. Applicants will receive email notifications if additional information is required. Applicants, whose original application was made through the immigration Online system, can apply for reconsideration or variation of conditions.

  • New Workflow approach for quicker processing

Immigration New Zealand’s transition to the new system begins on 31 January 2022. Staff based in any location can process applications lodged online.  Processing starts the minute an application is lodged online. Since administrative tasks will be automated, a lot of time will be saved. Multiple staff can work on one application at the same time – they will not have to wait for tasks to be finished one after another by a person. This will enable quicker decisions on applications in the future.

The three systems

There will be 3 systems in operation until all visas are moved to the enhanced system. Depending on the type of visa one is applying for, the applicant will be guided to the right system:

  1. Existing Immigration Online System
  2. Enhanced Immigration Online System
  3. Paper application channels

High volume users

The enhanced system has features designed to support high volume users:

  1. Apply on behalf feature – Immigration advisers and those exempt from licensing can continue submitting applications on behalf of their clients.
  2. Sharing feature – Applicants can share their applications with trusted third parties and vice versa.
  3. Email notifications – These will be sent to the primary contact mentioned in the application
  4. Networks –Immigration professionals can create a ‘network’ so that others in the business can collaborate on applications

In short, INZ has updated the Immigration Online system with enhancements to make it simpler and easier to use.

Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.

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