The Fijian community celebrate their country’s independence in 2018. A good number of Fijians residing in the Cook Islands were eligible for Permanent Residency this year. 18101478
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has confirmed it has received verbal complaints about the Permanent Residency process this year.
received a total of 88 applications for Permanent Residency (PR) as
spouses of Cook Islanders and Permanent Resident and 147 applications for those
who have applied in their own right.
Immigration Officer Kairangi Samuela said the deadline for applications closed
filtered through many queries, we have encouraged applicants to review the
criteria carefully prior to submitting their application,” Samuela said.
said all applications will be reviewed in accordance with Cook Islands
Immigration Act 2021 and Cook Islands Regulations 2022, which currently have an
uncapped number for spouses of Cook Islanders and Permanent residents and
capped at 500 at any one time for those who apply in their own right.
regulations provide guidance should the ‘own right’ application exceed the
spaces available which is currently 120,” Samuela said.
include priority given to those who live on the Outer Islands, those who have
resided the longest in the Cook Islands.”
acknowledged that a number of verbal complaints were received regarding
this process and the criteria required.
understand the concerns raised and perhaps these were related to time
constraints and inability to meet the criteria,” Samuela said.
issue for the community during the consultations on PR was that those applying
for PR show their commitment and integration into the communities they live in
and have understanding of our customs and values hence the 312 hours of
community service being required and participating in the Kia Orana Values
Islands Tourism providing the Kia orana Values presentation at no cost has been
hugely appreciated, Samuela said.
are expected to be advised as of July 8 regarding the outcome of their
application for PR.
are awarded PR as approved by the Minister must take the oath in front of the
Queen’s Representative (QR), Sir Tom Marsters at the official PR ceremony to be
held on July 15.
event the individual who is to be awarded PR is not available to take the oath
in front of the QR on that date they will have an opportunity within 12 months
notification or the next available opportunity to do so, until then, they will
not be recognised as having received PR status,” Samuela said.
would like to remind the community that the PR process will be available in the
next three years, this will give potential applicants the opportunity to review
the categories and criteria suitable to them and work towards that between now
and the new round for permanent residence.”