Minister Removes Deterrent For Business Migrants
Spouses and partners of long-term business migrants are now
eligible for multiple entry open work visas and permits, the
Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel said today.
situation we had in the past actually discouraged people
from applying for Long-Term Business visas because spouses
were required to qualify for work permits in their own right
if they wanted to work.
"These spouses were expected to
meet normal work visa or permit policy criteria including
the requirement that no other New Zealander was available to
undertake the work. This was the case even when the
business that was the subject of the Long-Term Business Visa
application, was intended to be a family business.
was a problem identified by the Business Migration Liaison
Unit, immigration consultants and many of the businesspeople
who attended the Business Forum in Auckland last
"I've decided that spouses and partners of people
holding Long-Term Business permits, can now be issued with
multiple entry open work visas and permits. I believe this
policy will help to make New Zealand a more attractive
destination for business migrants.
"This move to assist
the partners of successful Business Visa applicants, will
also make our Business Visa policy more competitive with
other countries promoting similar schemes for business
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