Two new Australian visa application centres will be opened in Auckland and Christchurch.
23 November 2011
New Australian visa application centres set to open in NZ
Permanent residents of New Zealand looking to apply for an Australian visa will soon be served by two new application centres based in Auckland and Christchurch.
The plans for the centres come as figures show an annual increase in Australian visa application figures from New Zealand, currently standing at approximately 30,000 according to Australian Consulate-General principal migration officer Jenny Bell.
Citizens of New Zealand with satisfactory health and character records do not need to make an Australian visa application, however permanent residents and citizens with criminal convictions or medical issues are required to make an application and supply documentation.
At present, such applicants need to apply through the Australian Consulate-General in Auckland, which can be a lengthy process, however Ms. Bell has confirmed that the new application centres should applications simpler. Speaking about the plans, Ms. Bell said: “The centres will have longer opening hours and will be focusing on those client services and administrative side of that process so it should be a much easier and much more straightforward process”, although she wanted that the decision process itself will not change.
Figures released earlier this year from Statistics New Zealand showed that net migration from New Zealand to Australia had increased 48% in the year ending July 31st, and that the figure for July 2011 was the highest for any July month since 1978.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications with the Australian High Commission.