31 Jan 2011

NZ Immigration urges Samoans to claim refund

8:06 pm on 31 January 2011

New Zealand's Department of Immigration is urging hundreds of Samoans who've applied for residency and mistakenly been charged an extra fee, to come forward and claim a refund.

A spokesperson for the department says a website error meant they were overcharged 90 New Zealand dollars in information settlement fees from which Samoans are exempt.

The department says more than seven hundred people are due the refund and letters were sent out two months ago explaining the mistake.

To date just over 150 people have claimed the money back.

Samoans who applied for residency visas between November 2005 and July 2009, and were charged an information settlement fee, are eligible for the refund.