When I applied for New Zealand residency visa in December, I had a plan.
- Apply : December 2018
- Wait the estimated time of processing: 6 months, i.e until June-July 2019.
- It will possibly get delayed, let’s say by half the estimated time so 3 months of buffer time, i.e September 2019.
Usually, for visas I am pretty tense. My past experience with visa applications always had it roadblocks. My plan calmed me down and I almost forgot that I had applied for a visa in the last 9 months. After all, all I had to do was wait 6 to 9 months and then hopefully I would have an answer: either my visa would be approved or it would not.
This is how my plan has progressed:
- Apply: December 2018 ( check )
- Waiting….. ( September 2019 ).
My application has been sitting in the queue for the past 9 months. It has not been reviewed. A case officer has not been assigned. All I could do is wait. Check my email everyday to see if there is any update. Prepare to apply for another work visa because I need to stay in New Zealand.
I am not the only one who has been waiting a long time. A bunch of Radio New Zealand articles have been talking about Immigration New Zealand’s slow work for a while.
From my understanding, this has something to do with which party is in power and their promise at the time of election to cut down immigration numbers. They have successfully done that by slowing down the whole process. If I was not stuck in the middle of this, I would have applauded their method for its simplicity.
But I am. I hate this waiting game.