Advisors and lawyers doubt the technology is in place to cope and the Minister for Pacific Peoples wants the move reviewed. But Immigration NZ says people can still see an immigration officer by appointment, and put in a paper application.
Since the beginning of last year, Immigration NZ has closed its public counters in Henderson, Manukau, Hamilton and Palmerston North.
Wellington's office will shut in 10 days and Christchurch's on 21 December. The remaining one, at the Auckland Queen Street office, is due to shut by June.