New Zealand Quota for 2019
application for New Zealand Quota opens for 2019 on April 1st. The New Zealand Immigration grants more than 1000 Samoan applicants the opportunity to work, study and stay permanently in the country.
Having Samoans move to New Zealand isn't new, it started a century ago after the Friendship Treaty was signed in 1962 between Samoa and New Zealand when under colonization. The government of New Zealand offers opportunities to pacific islands and not just Samoa.
A rapid increase in the numbers of applicants as well as the number of the Resident Application Accepted every year enforced a limitation to the numbers taken into the country. The Quota is not based on a specific category however, it is for everyone and anyone that is interested in living, working and studying in New Zealand, there is a specific criteria and the people are familiar with the requirements and obligations of the application.
It is the first day of the Application for the New Zealand Quota and the queues are already full, the public lined patiently with hopes of having a successful application. There were also a number of people with approved residence and visas and it was a full house! Opportunities only come once and the people are taking their chances.
From January 2017 to December 31 2018, an estimated statistical data of around 22,000 people was posted showing the movement outside of the country. Numbers boosted in 2017 and according to the Immigration's statistic research total migration dropped from 11,454 to 11,022 in 2018 and a number of people leaving the island in 2019 already recorded. These figures are tremendous when comparing to the total population of Samoa, and interestingly the figures for immigrants and migrants are virtually similar. This arrangement have contribute to improving the lifestyles and standard of living of the locals moving overseas however these people may have neglect the responsibility of contributing to the development of the country.
The New Zealand Quota opens until the 30th of April and the approved applicants will be posted shortly.
"If you're a Samoan citizen, we encourage you to register for a ballot to come to New Zealand. If your registration is drawn from the ballot, we may invite you to apply for residence. If you’re granted a resident visa, you’ll be able to work, live, and study in New Zealand indefinitely, while also enjoying our unique lifestyle," New Zealand Immigration. A great future for a brighter tomorrow!