Following the New Zealand borders reopening, the New Zealand Government has announced the Samoan Quota will open for registrations from 3 October and will close on 2 November.
Also, the Pacific Access Category will open for registrations from 5 October and will close on 4 November 2022.
This was confirmed in an announcement by the New Zealand Government yesterday.
“The Government also agreed to allocate the unused places from the 2020 and 2021 ballots. For the Pacific Access Category, they will be reallocated across 2022 and 2023. “The unused ballots under the Samoan Quota will be distributed over four years from 2022-2025.
“Application fees for the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category will remain the same.
The Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category are two longstanding visa categories that allow people from the Pacific to become permanent residents in New Zealand. Both schemes operate through an annual ballot.
Registrations for the annual ballot will now be made online. The move online will be supported by an online guide to ensure applicants are well equipped to register online.”
The Samoan Quota Scheme allows up to 1,100 Samoans, including their partners and dependent children, to be granted residence in New Zealand each year.