Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced that the Samoan Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC) resident visas will reopen in October. These visa holders will be able to work, study & live in New Zealand.
Due to the Covid -19 pandemic & closure of New Zealand’s borders, SQ and PAC resident visa schemes were suspended.
Unused ballot places from 2020 and 2021 have been reallocated over future years.
The registration for the SQ visa ballot will reopen on 3 October 2022 and close on 2 November 2022 at 1700 NZST.
The maximum number of registrations available each year are:
More information regarding the Samoan Quota Resident Visa can be found here.
The registration for the PAC visa ballot will reopen on 5 October 2022 and close on 4 November at 1700 NZST.
The maximum number of registrations available for 2022 and 2023 are:
The maximum number of registrations available for 2024 onwards:
To be eligible for the SQ or PAC visa, you must:
Principal visa applicants who want to bring their dependent children to New Zealand must have a job offer paying at least NZD 49,159 a year. Also, the children must be 24 years or below and must be included in the ballot registration
There is no fee for registering for the Samoan Quota ballot.
For the Pacific Access Category, the registration fees are NZD $85 for first registration, and NZD $35 for second or subsequent registrations
Invitation to Apply
Those invited to apply for the SQ and PAC visas will have 8 months to submit their application to INZ.INZ’s Pacific offices will process these applications.
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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