A recent amendment will result in good news for many New Zealand immigration officers which are working offshore. Immigration New Zealand, in a recent announcement, has proclaimed that it is planning to reduce the offshore processing offices number from seventeen to only five, over the coming two years. This will result in more jobs inside New Zealand because the processing of all the visas will be done inside the country. This major change is the result of digitalization. Apparently, the increase in popularity of online applications has demanded a better, faster, more efficient visa-processing model.
The model promises to ensure faster, more efficient, more consistent and most importantly, more accurate decision making when it comes to visas. It will also consolidate and specialize visa processing and delegate customer sector (business, tourism, education) visas to few strategic sites. Even the leadership model in this sector will change to make the system faster and more efficient. Under these changes, a great number of offshore offices will be shut down, creating around 50 to 60 jobs in the New Zealand as a result of this.
Majorly two large offices will be retained – in that the first one is Beijing to process Chinese student visas and visitor visas, and the other one is in Mumbai to process student visas for every other country. Six offshore offices in Hong Kong; Ho Chi Minh; Jakarta; Moscow; Shanghai and New Delhi are going to close completely. New Zealand is processing to stop six more offices in London, Washington DC, Bangkok, Manila, Pretoria, and Dubai. However, they won’t close completely, as they will still carry out functions like risk management and verification. The three other offices to remain processing centers are in the Pacific. They able to provide stability in delivery as New Zealand Immigration adjusts to the major change.