Immigration New Zealand is exploring ways through the NZ visa process to permit football fans from Peru to arrive in New Zealand for the World Cup qualifier scheduled for November at Wellington. The media in Peru had reported that football fans in Peru would be unable to attend the qualifier match due to the NZ Visa process.
New Zealand has not included Peru in its visa waiver program. This program permits several nationalities to arrive in New Zealand without the visa. Normally 20 working days are required to obtain a visa. This means Peru football fans would likely to miss the World Cup qualifier on November 11.
Immigration New Zealand has said that it is trying to explore options to resolve the issue, as quoted by the NZ Herald Co NZ. Marc Piercey of INZ said that the department is aware of this issue and is proactively working to streamline visa process. The arrival of Peru football fans for the World Cup qualifier at New Zealand will be enabled, added Ms. Piercey.
The fastest mode to receive the New Zealand visa is to apply online on the website of Immigration New Zealand. On the other hand, to activate this visa they must send their passport to the closest embassy at Washington DC. Piercey said that Immigration New Zealand is exploring a different pathway to this. The possibility of waiving the requirement to send the passport to the New Zealand Immigration office in Washington DC is being explored, added Marc Piercey.
New Zealand launched the visa waiver program in 1986 and currently, 60 nations are a part of it. It was reported by EL Commercio that official records reveal that 459 Peru nationals are at present residing in New Zealand.
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