We wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our extended Immigration Centre family a happy New Year and to thank you all for your support and for helping us make it a great year.
We love what we do here at Immigration Centre because it gives us the chance to help you all and we hope that you are happy with your position at the end of the year. If not, remember we are here to help and if you have any urgent issues please contact us as soon as possible before we close for the year.
It has been a successful year for us with a number of big wins including a couple of victories at the Immigration and Protection Tribunal overturning bad Immigration New Zealand decisions. As usual we have been able to maintain our high record of success this year with around 98% of our cases resulting in successful immigration outcomes for our clients. This is because we understand your needs and are prepared to work with you to create a long term plan.
There are a number of exciting developments in line for next year. One of these is that Immigration New Zealand is planning on changing to online applications. INZ is working on a new ‘Global Information Management System’ that will enable visas to be applied for online. This means that paper applications will be phased out and most applications will be lodged online. Student visa applications will be the first affected and other visa types will follow. The Government has invested $75 million in the new Immigration Global Management System, so let’s hope it helps with making application processing times faster. Eventually Immigration Branches will be closed down completely.
Another exciting change afoot is that we may be opening up a new office. We will tell you more about this when the time comes but Immigration Centre is looking to expand our brand and help even more people to achieve great results in their immigration matters.
Christmas Hours – We will be closing our office over the holiday period as all Immigration New Zealand branches will also be closed from Friday 20 December until Monday 6 January. However, if you have urgent questions over this time the Immigration Contact Centre will be open reduced hours during the holiday season: From 26 December to 3 January, the Contact Centre will open from 9.00am until 4.00pm weekdays. On Wednesday 4 January normal opening hours will resume (7.00am to 7.00pm weekdays) Call them on: 0508 558 855. If you are really stuck or have an urgent question then you can always email us and we will endeavour to answer any urgent queries over the holiday period.
Jig Patel |Director | Immigration Centre