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Pacific visas to be drawn from ballot

09 June 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Visas to be granted as part of New Zealand's Pacific Access Category quota will be drawn by ballot today. 

Under the Pacific Access Category scheme, 650 total visas are available for Pacific citizens wishing to move to New Zealand.

Spaces are available for 250 Tongan nationals, 250 more for Fijians and 75 places each for those from Tuvalu and Kiribati. 

Immigration New Zealand Assistant General Manager Geoff Scott, says more than 10,000 applications were received this year. 

The results will be announced on June 16. 

Those who are drawn from the ballot will be contacted directly about how and when to complete and lodge their formal visa applications.

An additional 1,100 places are available under the Samoan Quota for Samoan nationals.

That ballot will be drawn on June 30, with results expected by July 7. 

Tags: Immigration New Zealand, Geoff Scott, New Zealand Pacific Access Category,