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Tuesday 29 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Local, National, Travel
Principal immigration officer Kairangi Samuela with consultant Fiona Colman. MFAI/22112819
three-day training was held to familiarise and upskill Immigration staff on the
new visa and permit system to be implemented in February next year.
sessions were run by consultant Fiona Colman in partnership with principal
immigration officer Kairangi Samuela.
has been assisting the Immigration Act transition project over the last two
years, funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, and
a statement, MFAI said draft regulations for the new immigration visa and
permit system are currently being completed with Crown Law and is expected to
be submitted through to Cabinet shortly.
advised that the new immigration visa and permit system is part of the
in of provisions of the Immigration Act 2021, with the ultimate goal for this
service being the online processing of permit applications through the MFAI
regulations set clear guidelines on the visa and permit process, with persons
for a visa to enter the country under set criteria, and permits being issued on
arrival at the border.
this provision does not apply to short-term visitors, who will continue to
receive their permit on arrival into the Cook Islands as is currently being
practiced, the statement adds.
said: “This is a major change to the way we do things, and staff training will
be carried out over the next two months to ensure staff are fully trained and
has 10 office-based staff members, and for practical reasons,
have to close the office to ensure all staff are provided this training.”
training sessions for Immigration staff was held over half days from 9am to
12pm, from Wednesday, November 23 to Friday, November 25.
Immigration Office was closed in the morning and reopened in the afternoon to
continue delivering services on these days.