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28th June 2012 04:00am

Immigration New Zealand will be increasing immigration fees by an average of 16.7 percent from 2 July.

According to The Deaprtment of Labour the rise in fees is needed to reflect the cost of delivering immigration services and address a shortfall in revenue caused by lower than forecast numbers of visa applications.

New Zealand has not been immune from the global financial crisis. Migrants have been less willing and able to migrate and fewer job offers have been available here.

The increase will also enable Immigration New Zealand to maintain improvement in the timeliness and quality of decision-making. They're not expecting the rise to have an effect on application volumes, which are forecast to recover in the next few years and to rise by an average of 3.3 percent over the next three years across all visa types. 

Even with this increase New Zealand’s fees will remain broadly comparable to competitor countries, and it is important to note that around 80 percent of visitors will not be affected by the increases anyway as they travel visa free.

Stephen Dunstan, General Manager at the Department of Labour says "I want to assure you that we will do everything we can to ensure that we continue to provide a first class service to all our customers."

 



 
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