New Zealand considers closing offshore visa offices, including Pretoria

New Zealand’s visa authority, Immigration New Zealand, is considering options to consolidate its visa processes, including closing several of its offshore and onshore branch offices, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

“It is proposed that over the next three years, our offshore presence would be reduced from 17 locations to five,” said Steve Stuart, general manager of visa services.

Stuart said the review comes after significant investment to INZ’s online platform, Immigration ONLINE, which has seen a marked increase in popularity, now accounting for about half of all eligible visa applications.

Under the proposed changes, offices in Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Bangkok, Moscow, New Delhi, Pretoria, and Shanghai would close, along with the Auckland Central and Henderson offices.

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