23rd December 2002 Statement
Minister of Immigration Responds to NZAMI Legal Challenge
Minister of Immigration, Lianne Dalziel, today said that the interim injunction proceedings brought by the NZ
Association of Migration & Investment (NZAMI) had been resolved as a result of an offer made by the NZ Immigration Service to defer decisions on
relevant General Skills category applicants until 31 March 2003 or until the substantive proceedings had been determined
by the High Court.
Lianne Dalziel further stated that it was the government’s intention to vigorously defend the NZAMI’s legal challenge to
certain minor aspects of the immigration policy changes brought in on 20 November 2002.
“It is important to remember that these legal proceedings are not a challenge to the substantive changes made by
government to residence and temporary entry immigration policies. Rather they are a challenge to the application of
those changes to certain narrowly defined classes of persons who had other immigration applications outstanding as at 19
November 2002,” Lianne Dalziel said.
“The agreement reached today, simply places the relevant General Skills category applicants in a holding pattern, until
the matters before the court are finally determined,” Lianne Dalziel said.
Lianne Dalziel denied that the changes to the Job Search Visa policy and also to future Entrepreneur Residence
applications were retrospective.
“The Job Search Visa policy is simply unsustainable if we continue to invite people to come to New Zealand to search for
a relevant job offer that we know, through research and experience, they would not achieve in the six months allowed by
the visa, either due to insufficient English or having skills that are not in short supply in New Zealand,” Lianne
Lianne Dalziel said that the review of the 1999 Business Immigration Policy was underway, and she invited NZAMI to
direct its energies towards the development of strong business immigration policies for the benefit of New Zealand’s
economic development and the successful settlement of business migrants, rather than focussing on minor aspects of the