I wonder if this could be delaying some applications.

Immigration investigates 34 staff for misconduct
By Lincoln Tan
5:30 AM Thursday Aug 26, 2010

Thirty-four Immigration New Zealand staff are being investigated for misconduct, including allegations of fraud and corruption.

This follows the sacking this year of seven immigration staff, three of whom were directly involved in visa processing.

In a response to a written question from Labour in Parliament, Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said that on August 16 the department was investigating 32 allegations "concerning conduct and performance" of immigration staff.

Two fresh allegations have emerged since, and Immigration New Zealand says 34 cases are now being investigated.

Eighteen allegations relate to officials in New Zealand, and 16 to staff in branch offices overseas.

The Herald understands that several staff have been stood down, and others have been issued written warnings, but Immigration NZ would not confirm this.

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