A8.35 Time limits
See also Official Information Act 1982 ss 15(1), 15A
- Requests for information must be responded to as soon as reasonably practicable but no later than 20 working days from the date the request is received.
- If the person makes an urgent request for information, they must give reasons for requesting urgency and this must be taken into consideration when responding to the request.
- The time limit may be extended once only in the following circumstances:
- the request is for a large quantity of official information; or
- the request requires a search through a large quantity of information; or
- meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with INZ operations; or
- extensive consultations are necessary to make a decision on the request.
- If an extension of time is notified for one of the above reasons, the person requesting the information must be advised of the right to complain to an Ombudsman about the extension.