Immigration New Zealand will return fees of temporary visa applications filed from outside New Zealand after August 10, 2020.
Notably, on 10 August 2020 the government had suspended the ability for most people outside New Zealand to make a temporary visa application.
However, around 50,000 people have still applied for temporary visas (visitor, student and work visas), which Immigration New Zealand had not ability to accept and process.
An INZ’s media release said, “People who applied for a temporary visa from outside New Zealand before 10 August 2020 will have their application lapsed and be refunded.
People who applied for a temporary visa from outside New Zealand after 10 August 2020, when offshore applications were suspended, will have their application returned and be refunded.
Immigration New Zealand is working through the process to refund the application fees and levies for these applications.
There are up to 50,000 applications to be refunded. This will take time to work through and refunds will be issued in batches.
Expect email notification
You do not need to do anything. If you are eligible for a refund we will email you, or your representative, when your refund is being processed. You do not have to ask us for the refund.
The applications to be refunded are mainly visitor, student and work visa applications.
Applications will be lapsed and refunded if they:
are for a temporary entry visa
were made by a person outside New Zealand
were made before 10 August 2020
are not an application to be excluded from being lapsed.
( IWK Bureau)