Employment Visa Escalations (EVE)

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has updated its process to respond to escalation requests for urgent allocation for employment related visas (and associated family members) for both Temporary Work Visas and Skilled Resident Visas.

This includes all employment related products held at the Manukau, Christchurch and Porirua excluding specific business products processed by the business team in Porirua.

A mailbox will be monitored and actioned by a team of dedicated senior immigration staff who will assess these requests for escalation. A request for escalation will be considered against the following criteria:

  • compelling personal circumstances
  • humanitarian factors, and
  • matters of national interest.

INZ will respond to all requests within five working days to confirm if the application will be prioritised for urgent allocation or not. The EVE Immigration Manager’s determination of any request for escalation is final and they will not respond to further communication about the request and justification around the decision.

All requests for priority allocation of employment related visa applications should be forwarded to the EVE mailbox.

EmploymentVisaEscalations@mbie.govt.nz