Information about skilled residence visas mistakenly posted on Immigration New Zealand's website appears to be an advance copy of the government's new residence criteria.

About 34,000 people are waiting to find out when expressions of interest (EOI) ballots for the skilled migrant and parent categories will re-start.

It has emerged the Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi made decisions at least two months ago about reopening both residence streams to new applicants. EOI selections - when migrants are invited to apply for residence - were frozen in March last year.

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