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15 April 2014: New Zealand Visa Application Center (Hong Kong) Closure for Good Friday and Easter Monday

New Zealand Visa Application Center in Hong Kong will be closed from 18 April to 21 April 2014 for Good Friday and Easter Monday and will be resumed on 22 April 2014.
   
13 March 2014: Closure of Reception at Immigration New Zealand Hong Kong Branch

From 1 April 2014 the Hong Kong Branch of Immigration New Zealand will no longer have reception facilities. People wishing to submit visa applications should do so at:

New Zealand Visa Application Centre
14A, Neich Tower
128 Gloucester Road
Wanchai
Hong Kong

If you wish to contact the Immigration New Zealand Hong Kong Branch you should send enquiries to inzhongkong@mbie.govt.nz

If you need to obtain a letter from INZ Hong Kong to apply for a “Hong Kong Certificate of No Criminal Conviction”, you should request this from the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Hong Kong. You will need to present your Hong Kong Identity Card to the VAC, (or a copy of this if you are not making the request in person). The letter can be collected at the VAC on the next working day.
   
25 November 2013: Changes to receiving offices

Applications for visas from people who are living in Henan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan and Chongqing are currently required to be submitted to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai.

From 2 December 2013 all visa applications except applications for residence, and applications for visitor visas submitted by ADS agents should be submitted instead to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Beijing.

ADS applications and applications for residence from people living in these provinces should continue to be submitted to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Shanghai.

Please select this link for information about the address, contact and bank account details for the Beijing VAC http://www.immigration.govt.nz/branch/chinahomepage/applying/beijing-vac-contact.htm

   
25 November 2013: Change to VAC for residence applications

Applications for residence for people who are living in Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjian, Shandong, Tibet, Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan are currently required to be submitted to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Beijing.

From 2 December 2013 these applications should be submitted instead to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Shanghai.

Please select this link for information about the address, contact and bank account details for the Shanghai VAC http://www.immigration.govt.nz/branch/chinahomepage/applying/shanghai-vac-contact.htm

   
24 October 2013: INZ Panel Physician Update
Changes to INZ’s panel physicians

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is continuing to implement changes to its panel physician network as part the agreement with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to create a jointly managed offshore panel physician network.

Implementation of the network, which is occurring in a phased approach, is expected to be fully completed by November 2014.  Changes implemented in April and June 2013 resulted in alignment of panel physicians across 103 countries.

INZ is now making some changes to its panel in China, ahead of formal alignment with DIBP in this region in late 2014.  This will result in the addition and removal of some panel physicians, but will not result in a net decrease of INZ panel physician coverage in China.

The changes will be effective as of 1 November 2013, with the exception of Shanghai Power Hospital in Shanghai, which closed at the end of September 2013.

Panel physicians being removed from INZ’s list have been informed not to accept appointments after 31 October 2013.
Applicants who have had a medical and/or chest X-ray certificate completed by a panel physician being removed from INZ’s panel will still be able to submit these with their visa application if they have been completed prior to 1 November 2013.
The INZ panel physician list is on the INZ website (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/healthinfo.htm).  If applicants are unsure whether their medical certificates have been completed by a panel physician they should refer to the INZ website, or contact their nearest INZ office for further advice.

Panel physicians removed:

Outpatient Department for Foreign Guests  Shanghai Seaman's Hospital
Hangzhou Medical Centre
New Pioneer International Medical Centre Out-Patient Unit (Guangdong)
Shanghai Power

Panel physicians added:

Healthmate International Clinic, Chongqing
Shanghai Eaton Medical Centre
Guangdong International Travel Healthcare Centre

Further information

Additional information is published on INZ’s website:  http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/qanda/panelphysicianalignment.htm
   
26 September 2013: Working Holiday Visa processing times

INZ is currently in the process of assessing the China Working Holiday Visas that have been lodged.  As you may be aware, all 1000 places in the quota were allocated in the same day.  Therefore all the applications are being received in a very short period of time and as a result this has caused a temporary backlog situation at INZ China branches.  Your application will be assessed in order based on the date that your supporting documents were received.  INZ will attempt to process your application as quickly as possible; however the current processing timeframe is between 45 and 60 days of receiving the physical documentation for your Working Holiday Visa.

Please allow for the above processing timeframe prior to contacting INZ with a status update on your application.  In fairness to all applicants every application will be assessed in the order in which it was received.

Once your application has been assessed INZ will contact you.

If you have any urgent enquiries, please contact INZ at this email address:
inzshanghai@mbie.govt.nz  or
inzbeijing@dol.govt.nz
   
16 August 2013: New Supplementary Form
From 19 August a new Supplementary Form INZ 1220 should be completed by holders of HKSAR and HKBNO passports and holders of Hong Kong Documents of Identity who are applying for visitor, work or student visa applications."
   
30 July 2013: Removal of Panel Doctor in Guangzhou Province
Effective 1 August 2013, the Second Affiliated Hospital Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou will no longer act as a panel physician for the purpose of providing medical and X-ray certificates for applications for visas to New Zealand.

Applicants for visas who are resident in Guangdong province and who are required to provide medical and X-ray certificates as part of their application, will need to undergo examinations with other panel physicians in Guangdong Province. See the list of Immigration New Zealand panel physicians in China
   
12 July 2013: Acceptable forms have been updated from 01 July 2013
Please be informed that the acceptable forms have been updated from 01 July 2013 onwards. Expired versions will not be accepted when lodge visa application. For further details, please click here
   
19 April 2013: Removal of Panel Doctor in Guangxi Province

Effective 1 May 2013, the People's Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Guangxi Province will no longer act as a Panel Doctor for the purpose of providing medical and X-ray certificates for applications for visas to New Zealand.

Applicants for visas who are resident in Guangxi province and who are required to provide medical and X-ray certificates as part of their application, will need to undergo examinations with Panel Doctors in Guangdong Province. For a list of Immigration New Zealand Panel Doctors in China, please refer to
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/branch/chinahomepage/panel-doctors-china/
   
2 April 2013: Change of office at which Resident Visa Applications from people living in Hong Kong and Macau can be submitted
From 3 April 2013, applications for Resident Visas from people living in Hong Kong and Macau will be submitted to the New Zealand VAC in Hong Kong at:

New Zealand Visa Application Centre
14 A, Neich Tower, 128 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 999077

Please note that for resident visa applications submitted to the Hong Kong VAC, additional courier fees of 300 HKD per application are required for all applications.
If a second courier is required after approval in principle of a resident visa application a further 220 HKD is payable per application. For further details, please click here.
   
2 April 2013: Change of visa applications from Pacific citizens

From 5 April 2013, visa applications from people living in China and Hong Kong who are citizens of Australia, American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, or Western Samoa can be submitted directly to Visa Application Centres in China and Hong Kong.
   
17 December 2012:

If you are applying for a resident's visa and have opted for courier delivery of your result, please be aware that if your original documents are returned to you during the processing of your application, a second courier fee will be required. In these situations, Visa Application Centre (VAC) staff will contact you and request that the additional courier fee be paid.

06 November 2012: Change of Visa Application Centre for residents of Sichuan, Chongqing, Henan, Guizhou and Yunnan
From 3 December 2012 visa applications from people who are residents in Sichuan, Chongqing, Henan, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces will be processed in Shanghai.
Applications from residents of these provinces must be lodged either in person or by mail at the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (NZVAC) in Shanghai at:

New Zealand Visa Application Centre
2/F, Guangdong Development Bank Tower
No. 555 Xujiahui Road
Huangpu District
Shanghai

If paying by Bank Transfer and submitting your application to the Shanghai Visa Application Centre, applicants should remit their fees to the following bank account:
Name of Bank: Bank of Shanghai Luwan Branch
Bank Account Number: 31628503001445846
Account Holder Name: SHANGHAI SHENHUI OVERSEAS AFFAIRS SERVICE CO., LTD.

For more information on the process of submitting visa applications at the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai please go to the Visa Application Centre website at: www.newzealandvisachina.com or call + 86 21 33662734 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. The Visa Application Centre can also be contacted via: infosha.nzcn@vfshelpline.com
Applications can be submitted to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre between 8.00 am and 3.00 pm Monday to Friday.
   
14 September 2012: Notice for the change of Bank Account for New Zealand Visa Application Centre Beijing:
As 11 of September 2012, the New Bank Account has come into use. Please be noted that all applicants need to use the New Bank Account from 11 September 2012 onwards when you apply for visa application by mail through New Zealand Visa Application Centre Beijing.
Name of Bank: Bank of China Beijing Embassy District Sub-branch,
Bank Account Number: 341 559 508 313
Account Holder Name: Beijing Shuangxiong Foreign Service Company Visa Application Center.
   
30 July 2012: Changes to immigration health screening

The following changes take effect from 30 July 2012 and will affect all visa applicants who require immigration health screening.

All temporary entry class and residence class visa applicants can re-use previously submitted medical and chest X-ray certificates provided they are less than 36 months old, unless there are identified risk factors.

Applicants who have spent six consecutive months since their last application in any country(ies) outside the list of countries with a low incidence of tuberculosis (TB), must be rescreened for TB, which will require them to provide a new chest X-ray certificate.

Foreign fee-paying students (excluding PhD and New Zealand Aid Programme-supported students) will not be required to provide a medical certificate and will only be screened for TB, which will require them to provide a chest X-ray certificate, unless there are identified risk factors.

Foreign fee-paying students (excluding PhD and New Zealand Aid Programme-supported students) must hold acceptable insurance as a condition of their student visa.

Partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents, and people who have been recognised as having refugee or protection status in New Zealand (and their partners and children), will only be screened for medical conditions for which a medical waiver cannot be granted.

Partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents who were:
   
eligible for inclusion in a residence application made by their partner or parent, but were not included in, or
were withdrawn from their partner or parent’s application will be required to undergo full medical screening rather than limited screening, if they apply for any type of visa in the future. They will also be ineligible for a medical waiver if they do not have an acceptable standard of health.

Where it has been determined that it is likely that an applicant will impose significant cost or demand on New Zealand’s health or special education services, the applicant’s (or other party’s) ability to pay for or provide health or special education services, has no bearing on whether they will impose significant cost or demand on these services.

These changes will not affect the outcome of applications lodged before 30 July 2012. Amendments have also been made to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) medical and chest X-ray certificates. Pre-30 July 2012 versions of medical and chest X-ray certificates will be accepted by INZ until 31 December 2012.

Further information on the changes can be found at: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/news/healthchanges.htm
   
30 July 2012: New Parent Category

From 30 July, people will be able to express their interest in applying for residence as parents of New Zealand citizens or residents, using the Parent Category Expression of Interest Form (INZ 1202). The completed form, along with the relevant fee (NZ$420) should be sent to:

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 276118
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland
New Zealand

For details on how to lodge an Expression of Interest please refer to the Parent Category Guide at http://www.immigration.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/2D3150D0-23C8-444F-B60F-8ADE49711FBF/0/INZ120730July2012.pdf
   
19 June 2012: VISA APPLICATION FEE INCREASE FROM 2 JULY 2012

Visa Application Fee Increase From
   
Change of Visa Application Centre for residents of Hunan and Hubei

From 16 April 2012 visa applications from people resident in these provinces should be lodged either in person or by mail, at:
New Zealand Visa Application Centre
2/F, Guangdong Development Bank Tower
No. 555 Xujiahui Road
Huangpu District
Shanghai
If lodging an application in person, fees should be paid in cash at the Visa Application Centre.

If lodging an application by mail, fees should be paid by bank transfer to the following bank account:
Name of Bank: Bank of Shanghai Luwan Branch
Bank Account Number: 31628503001445846
Account Holder Name: SHANGHAI SHENHUI OVERSEAS AFFAIRS SERVICE CO., LTD.

   
Electronic visas (E Visas) not consistently recognized at Chinese borders

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) grants electronic visas (e visas) to a wide range of applicants to facilitate efficient visa processing and customer convenience. Customers granted e visas will receive a letter with the details of the visa instead of a label in their passport.

INZ has been notified that e visas cannot be used to depart China; customers who have been granted an e visa and who want to depart China should contact their nearest INZ Branch and ask to have a label put in their passport.

INZ is working with the Chinese authorities to allow e visas to be used to depart China.
 
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