12 August 2011

Immigration New Zealand expedites visa process for Chinese visitors

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In an effort to help expedite the visa process for Chinese visitors, Immigration New Zealand has announced it will open a number of new centres to help assist in the handling of visa applications from China.

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INZ will open a number of new centres to assist in the handling of visa applications from China.

The number of New Zealand visas granted to Chinese travellers was at 132,000 for the first six months of 2011 - an increase of over 25% when compared to the number of visas granted in the same period last year.

As a result, a new centre in Shanghai has been opened today in Shanghai to help manage the applications, with additional centres in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong to be opened later this month.

Speaking on how the new centres will make the process of applying for a New Zealand visa much easier for Chinese citizens, Tourism Industry Association policy and research manager Simon Wallace made the following comments:

"It's going to make us more competitive with Australia because they have a very efficient process and we've been a little bit behind them in the past and what this will do is put us right up there.

"Given that many Chinese visitors actually decide quite late that they're going to be travelling, knowing that they can get that visa more easily ... will be really critical."

Wallace continued:

"It's all very well having new air services like China Southern but it's no good if we haven't got the visa system to support that," he said.

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