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2018 Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category

The Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category ballot registrations open from 3 to 30 April 2018.

Samoan Quota Registration Form

Pacific Access Category Registration Form

 

Where do I send my completed registration form?

Samoan Quota Registrations must be sent to:

Immigration New Zealand, PO Box 2277, Apia, Samoa.

For Pacific Access Category registrations check the registration guide (step 4) for the correct address:

Pacific Access Category (Tuvalu) Registration Guide

Pacific Access Category (Fiji) Registration Guide

Pacific Access Category (Tonga) Registration Guide

Pacific Access Category (Kiribati) Registration Guide

 

When are the ballots drawn?

Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Fiji Pacific Access Category quotas will be drawn on Friday 8 June 2018.

The Samoan Quota ballot will be drawn on Friday 29 June 2018.

 

When will the results of the ballot be published?

An official list of balloted numbers for the Pacific Access Category will be officially available from Friday 15 June 2018.

An official list of balloted numbers for the Samoan Quota will be officially available from Friday 6 July 2018.

 

How will I know if my registration has been successful?

Immigration New Zealand will notify you directly on whether you have been successful or unsuccessful following the ballot draws under the Samoan or Pacific Access Category.
 
Those successful in the Pacific Access Category ballot draws will be posted or provided in person with an Invitation To Apply letter and a Residence Visa application Pack by 6 July 2018.
 
Those successful in the Samoan Quota ballot draw will be posted or provided in person with an Invitation To Apply letter and a Residence Visa application Pack by 27 July 2018.
 
Successful Samoan Quota and Tonga Pacific Access Category registration numbers will be displayed at Immigration New Zealand Pacific offices in Samoa and Nuku’alofa.
 
Successful Tuvalu Pacific Access Category registration numbers will be displayed at the Tuvalu High Commission in Suva and at the Tuvalu Department of Labour.
 
Successful Kiribati Pacific Access Category registration numbers will be displayed at the New Zealand High Commission in Tarawa and at the Kiribati Department of Labour.
 
Successful Fiji Pacific Access Category registration numbers will be displayed on the TTS NZ Visa Acceptance Centre website.  
 
Some Pacific newspapers will also publish the successful Pacific Access Category and Samoan Quota registration numbers and the information will also be available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

 

How many places are available under Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category quotas?

Samoa (1,100)
Tonga (250)
Fiji (250)
Tuvalu (75)
Kiribati (75)

The total number of places available include the principal applicant, their partners and any dependent children.

 

How long do I have to put together a Samoan Quota or a Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga or Fiji Pacific Access Category residence visa application if my registration is successful?

If invited to apply for residence under Pacific Access Category, you must lodge your application for residence by 4.00pm 8 March 2019. Our letter will tell you the final date by which your residence application must be received by INZ but at this stage, the deadline to submit an application for residence is 4.00pm 8 March 2019.
 
If invited to apply for residence under Samoan Quota, you must lodge your application for residence by 4.00pm 29 March 2019. Our letter will tell you the final date by which your residence application must be received by INZ but at this stage, the deadline to submit an application for residence is 4.00pm 29 March 2019.
 
It is best to obtain a job offer, and the other required documents, and make your application as soon as possible, rather than wait until the last day. You will need to meet all costs yourself. These include the residence application fee, costs of medical examinations, police certificates and other required documents and your travel costs.

 
What sort of job is required when I apply for residence?

Principal applicants or their partners must have a genuine and permanent offer of employment that meets certain requirements. The employment being offered must be full time work (at least an average of 30 hours per week) and must pay at least the New Zealand minimum wage.

Principal applicants or their partners must have a genuine and permanent offer of employment that meets certain requirements. The employment being offered must be full time work (at least an average of 30 hours per week) and must pay at least the New Zealand minimum wage.

If a family is included in an application, the total income earned by the applicant and their partner must be at least equivalent to New Zealand’s unemployment benefit, plus the maximum accommodation supplement.  

From 1 June 2018 the minimum income requirements for Samoan Quota Scheme and Pacific Access Category who have partners or children included will increase to $38,199.20.
 
For applicants with no dependent children, your hourly wage or salary must be no less than the amount of the minimum NZ wage that must be paid to employees under New Zealand employment law.

Can my partner’s income be included as part of the minimum income requirement?

If you (the principal applicant) and your partner included in your application both have an acceptable offer of employment in New Zealand, both of your wages or salaries may be taken into account when determining if the minimum income requirement is met. In such cases the partner's employment and income will only be taken into account if, at the time the application is assessed, an immigration officer is satisfied the principal applicant and partner have been living together for 12 months or more, in a partnership that is genuine and stable. 

Where the employment (and income) of both the principal applicant and partner is used to meet the minimum income requirement, both offers of employment must meet all the requirements under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category policy, except that only the principal applicant’s has to meet the requirement that the offer be for full-time employment.

How do I provide evidence of my employment offer?
Evidence of an offer of employment is an original or certified copy of the following documents:

  • a written offer of employment; and
  • a detailed job description; and
  • an employment agreement entered into by the employer and the principal applicant, stating:
    • the terms of employment; and
    • the hours of work; and
    • the period during which the employment may begin.
       

Additional evidence may be considered when your residence visa application is assessed. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • any information requested by Immigration New Zealand; and
  • the results of any verification undertaken by Immigration New Zealand; and
  • information from the employer or recruitment agency.

 

What level of English language ability do I need?

The interviewing immigration officer determines whether you, as a principal applicant, meet the English language requirement by assessing whether you are able to:

  • read English; and
  • understand and respond to questions in English; and
  • maintain and English language conversation about yourself, your family or your background.

 

Can I include my partner and children in my residence application if I’m successful in the ballot?

Your partner and/or dependent children must have been included in your ballot registration application.
If a ballot registration is successful in the pool draw, only a partner and/or dependent children included in the ballot registration application may be included in the resulting application for a resident visa under Samoan Quota or Pacific Access Category.

Can I register for the Pacific Access Category or Samoan Quota ballot if I have previously overstayed in New Zealand?

Yes, you can register for the Samoan Quota or Pacific Access Category ballots if you have previously overstayed your visa in New Zealand—as long as you departed voluntarily and you are not subject to a removal order or period of prohibition on entry. If you are still in New Zealand, you must currently hold a temporary visa to be able to register for the Samoan Quota or Pacific Access Category ballots.
 

What is the cost of the registration?

You can use our Fees Finder to work out the cost of the registration.