Registrations for Pacific Quota Open Today
1 May 2010
Registrations for the 2010 Samoa Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC) ballot are now open.
From Saturday 1 May until Monday 31 May 2010, eligible citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu can register their interest in becoming a resident of New Zealand under the SQ and PAC ballot.
To register, the principal registrant (the person who signs the registration form and who would be the principal applicant if invited to apply for residence) must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of Samoa or any of the PAC countries;
- Have been born in Samoa or one of the PAC countries, or have been born overseas to a Samoan or PAC country citizen;
- Register for the ballot within the official registration period from 1-31 May 2010;
- Be aged between 18 and 45 when the application is lodged.
Head of Immigration New Zealand Nigel Bickle says citizens of Samoa and PAC countries can apply if they are in New Zealand at the time of the registration period but they must be in New Zealand lawfully to register.
“There is no charge to submit a registration under the Samoa Quota as a result of a treaty of friendship between Samoa and New Zealand governments. However, a first registration for the PAC ballot fee is NZ$50. If the applicant has registered before in the past, they will only need to pay a re-registration fee of NZ$20. These fees are not refundable if your registration is unsuccessful in the ballot”.
“We would like to remind those interested in registering that only one registration form is needed from each family, this needs to be fully completed and signed, and sent along with copies of birth certificates for everyone included in the registration form”, says Mr Bickle. The applicant should ensure they have met all necessary requirements to avoid any disappointment.
Each year, SQ and PAC citizens are invited to register for the quota and those chosen in a random ballot are invited to apply for residence if they can obtain a satisfactory offer of full-time employment in New Zealand.
To register for the quota, applicants need to complete and sign the ballot registration form which can be collected from a nearest Immigration New Zealand branch; or can be downloaded from the Immigration New Zealand website: www.immigration.govt.nz.
Fully completed registrations must be received by Immigration New Zealand by 31 May or they cannot be accepted.
The SQ and PAC ballot will be drawn on Friday 9 July 2010 (Thursday 8 July Samoan time).