New Zealand Immigration's Christchurch branch has reopened after being closed for a week following the major earthquake.
14 September 2010
Immigration New Zealand Christchurch branch reopens
The Christchurch branch of Immigration New Zealand has reopened after the Canterbury earthquake and is now operating at normal hours.
The week-long closure of the New Zealand visa processing centre in Crystal Plaza in Cathedral Square means there is a backlog of applications awaiting processing.
New Zealand Immigration is prioritising the processing of these visas on the basis of urgency, and the department assures that those who have applied for permission to remain in New Zealand or who need to apply will not be penalised in terms of a change in their immigration status caused as a result of the earthquake.
The Christchurch branch is open 8.30am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10am-4pm Wednesday.
A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s second-largest city on the South Island in the early hours of Saturday 4 September, causing widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure. The quake hit 19 miles west of the city, on the east coast of the island.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their New Zealand Visa applications to the New Zealand High Commission.