Proactive release of information

Responses to Official Information Act (OIA) requests of public interest are published on this page. The responses explain what information, if any, has been withheld under the OIA and under which grounds.


Release of documents under the Official Information Act 1982 on the increase in the refugee quota

Published 18 October 2018

Cabinet paper: Annual refugee quota proposed increase [PDF 1.0MB]

Minute of decision: Annual refugee quota proposed increase [PDF 586KB]

Proactive release on the removal of departure cards

Published 24 September 2018

Cabinet paper - Proposal to remove departure cards by November 2018 [PDF 895KB]

Update on the feasibility of removing departure cards [PDF 867KB]

Update on the progress of removing departure cards [PDF 705KB]

Proactive release of Immigration settings to support KiwiBuild policy

Published 27 June 2018

Cabinet paper - Immigration settings to support KiwiBuild [PDF 512KB]

Cabinet paper Annex One - A3 Upcoming Immigration papers summary [PDF 591KB]

KiwiBuild factsheet [PDF 83KB]

Release of documents under the Official Information Act related to Pacific climate migration

Published 7 May 2018

Address to the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals (22 February) [PDF 391KB]

Global Compact for Migration - first round of negotiations [PDF 1.2MB]

Global Compact for Migration - negotiating parameters [PDF 1.3MB]

Immigration Policy priorities data and evidence [PDF 5MB]

Information on trade and international relationships in the immigration portfolio [PDF 2.2MB]

Pacific climate migration cabinet paper progress update [PDF 152KB]

Portugal Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) [PDF 1.6MB]

Updates and next steps for refugee policy [PDF 3.6MB]

Published 18 October 2018

Final cabinet paper - Proposed immigration work programme to improve Pacific migration policies [PDF 7MB]

Proactive release of November 2017 advice on International Education and Immigration Levers

Published 3 May 2018

International Education Manifesto Commitments and Immigration Levers Briefing [PDF 1.5MB]

Release of documents under the Official Information Act regarding Cabinet decisions on the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme

Published 20 March 2018

Cabinet paper [PDF 107KB]

Minute of decision [PDF 111KB]

Proactive release of documents on the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category

Published 30 August 2017

The below documents relate to Cabinet decisions on the policy design of the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category.

Cabinet paper: Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category (August 2017) [PDF 718KB]

Cabinet EGI Minute: Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category (August 2017) [PDF 594 KB]

Cabinet Minute excerpt: Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category (August 2017) [PDF 477KB]

Proactive release of Essential Skills visa policy cabinet paper

Published 28 July 2017

The below cabinet paper relates to changes to the Essential Skills temporary work visa policy. This cabinet paper followed consultation on proposed changes announced in April.

Cabinet paper [PDF 2MB]

Proactive release of documents on Labour migration policies

Published 3 May 2017

The information below relates to papers concerning changes to New Zealand’s labour migration policies. They include changes to the Skilled Migrant Category residence policy, and proposals for changes to the Essential Skills temporary work visa policy.

Future direction of the Immigration System: Overview [PDF 1.8MB]

Remuneration thresholds for Skilled Migrant Category [PDF 3.8MB]

Temporary visa settings [PDF 7.6MB]

South Island pathway to residence [PDF 922KB]

Proactive release of documents on the New Zealand Residence Programme

Published 14 October 2016

The information below relates to reports suggesting changes to the NZ Residence Programme.

Documents: New Zealand Residence Programme 2016-17 - 2017-2018 [PDF 1.3MB]

Further release of documents concerning the New Zealand Residence Programme

Published 25 January 2017

The information below relates to papers concerning changes to the New Zealand Residence Programme announced on 11 October 2016.

Part one [PDF 9MB]

Part two [PDF 5.3MB]

Part three [PDF 12MB]

Release of document under the Official Information Act 2009 regarding Advance Passenger Processing for outbound travellers

Published 18 August 2016

The information below relates to a report leading up to the introduction of Immigration Act 2009 amendments (introduced as part of the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill) regarding requirements on carriers to supply information on outbound travellers to enhance border security.

Briefing: Advanced Passenger Processing for outbound travellers [PDF 3.9MB]

Release of documents under the Official Information Act regarding the refugee quota

Published 2 August 2016

The information below relates to reports leading up to the Government’s announcement on 13 June 2016 to increase the annual refugee quota to 1,000 refugees from July 2018.

Cabinet Minute: Refugee Quota [PDF 403KB]
13 June 2016

Aide Memoire: Cabinet consideration of paper: The next three-year refugee quota programme [PDF 2.1MB]
10 June 2016

Aide Memoire: EGI consideration of paper: The next three-year refugee quota programme [PDF 147KB]
7 June 2016

EGI paper considered [PDF 3.1MB]
3 June 2016

Briefing paper: Revised draft Cabinet paper [PDF 291KB]
31 May 2016

Aide Memoire: Updated changes to the draft Cabinet paper [PDF 151KB]
27 May 2016

Briefing paper: Draft Cabinet paper [PDF 333KB]
19 May 2016

Briefing paper: Proposed next three-year refugee quota [PDF 1.9MB]
18 April 2016

Memo: Information for the next three year refugee programme [PDF 250KB]
17 March 2016

Briefing paper: Proposed next three-year refugee and humanitarian programme [PDF 988KB]
7 March 2016

Briefing paper: UNHCR’s submission on the refugee quota [PDF 281KB]
7 March 2016

Briefing paper: Proposed approach to next three-year refugee programme [PDF 974KB]
1 March 2016

Briefing paper: Next three-year Refugee Resettlement Programme - options [PDF 1.9MB]
30 November 2015

EGI paper considered: Response to the Syrian Crisis [PDF 117KB]
18 November 2015

Release of documents under the Official Information Act regarding Syrian refugees

Published 3 November 2015

The information below relates to reports leading up to the Government’s announcement on 7 September 2015 to welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years in response to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Batch 1 [PDF 2.9MB]
Re-released 21 November 2016

Batch 2 [PDF 1.4MB]
Re-released 21 November 2016

Batch 3 [PDF 2.9MB]
Re-released 21 November 2016

Batch 4 [PDF 1.5MB]

Batch 5 [PDF 1.9MB]

Batch 6 [PDF 1.7MB]

Batch 7 [PDF 4.1MB]
Re-released 21 November 2016

Batch 8 [PDF 2.3MB]
Re-released 21 November 2016