New immigration alterations start today

Source: Newstalk ZB –

29/11/2010 7:32:00

Changes to the immigration set up begin today with rules for employers also tightened

Major changes to our immigration system begin as of today, as the new 2009 Immigration Act takes effect.

 Under the new set up, the appeals and deportation bodies have undergone big alterations.

 The Removal Review Authority, Residents’ Review Board, Refugee Status Appeals Authority and Deportation Review Tribunal, are now merged into one entity, the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

 Changes have also been made to rules for employers around foreign workers and work permits. They’ll now have to show they’ve done due diligence in making sure the person is eligible to work in New Zealand.