Immigration residual places remedy
A remedy has been offered by Immigration New Zealand following an investigation into how immigration officers dealt with permit requests made under s 35A of the Immigration Act 1987 between 15 November 2004 and 31 March 2005 by people who were unlawfully in New Zealand and who wished eventually to apply for residence under the residual places policies.
Under the remedy, Immigration New Zealand will invite people who meet certain agreed requirements to submit a visa request for consideration under s 61 of the Immigration Act 2009 (which has replaced s 35A of the Immigration Act 1987). Whilst these requests will be considered on their merits, the remedy does not include a guarantee that a visa will be granted.
The closing date for consideration for inclusion in the remedy is Monday 10 June 2013 at 5pm.
Details of the remedy, and how to access it, can be accessed on this page. These details are available in the following seven languages: English, Fijian, Fijian Hindi, Kiribati, Samoan, Tongan, Tuvaluan.
The Remedy Assessment Form that must be completed in order for a visa request under s61 of the Immigration Act 2009 to be considered can be accessed on this page
You can access the Chief Ombudsman's case note about her investigation here
You can view the Ombudsman's announcement of the remedy in seven different languages on this page
The Chief Ombudsman's media release about the outcome of her investigation can be viewed on this page.