Thursday 26 June 2008

Approval in PrincipleApproval in Principle

Left QuoteTwo weeks after submitting our ITA, and just days after our phone interview, and I received the following from our case officer:

"I am pleased to tell you that we have approved in principle your application for a New Zealand residence visa."

How quick was that?! This step was supposed to take 3 months ... not 3 days!! Apparently they saw the amount of paperwork we'd submitted and saw that it'd be an easy one to work through, no need to chase us up for more evidence! Personally I think they got sick of wading through all the documentation and gave up ...

We were also sent the slightly more confusing

"You will be granted a residence permit when you arrive in New Zealand. Your residence permit allows you to live, work, and study in New Zealand, and expires if you leave New Zealand.

You will also be issued with your first returning resident's visa so that you can be granted another residence permit if you leave New Zealand and return while the visa is valid.

Your first returning resident's visa will be valid for two years from the date of your initial resident's permit. After these first two years, you will need to apply for another returning resident's visa if you are planning to travel outside New Zealand in the future."

I hope that makes sense to someone ... basically we've got six months to send them our passports. Perfect timing really, gives us enough time to get married, get Gill's name changed, and get her new passport.

Anyone want to buy some sofas ... or a BBQ ... or a car?Right Quote

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