Immigration Amendment Act 1999

  • repealed
  • Immigration Amendment Act 1999: repealed, at 2 am on 29 November 2010, pursuant to section 404 of the Immigration Act 2009 (2009 No 51).

Reprint as at 29 November 2010

Immigration Amendment Act 1999

Public Act1999 No 16
Date of assent1 April 1999
  • Immigration Amendment Act 1999: repealed, at 2 am on 29 November 2010, pursuant to section 404 of the Immigration Act 2009 (2009 No 51).


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Department of Labour



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

Part 1
Amendments to Part 1 of principal Act—exemptions, visas, and permits

3 Requirements for undertaking employment in New Zealand

4 Requirements for undertaking course of study or training in New Zealand

5 Certain persons not eligible for exemption or permit

6 Grant of residence permit a matter of discretion

7 Grant of temporary permit a matter of discretion

8 Grant of limited purpose permit a matter of discretion

9 Grant of visa a matter of discretion

10 Types of visa

11 Meaning and effect of visa

12 Temporary visas

13 Limited purpose visas

14 Transit visas

15 Requirements may be imposed on grant of residence permit

16 Provisions applying to appeals

17 Revocation of residence permit by immigration officer

18 Revocation of residence permit by Minister

19 Revocation of returning resident's visa by Minister

20 Appeal on humanitarian grounds to Tribunal against revocation of residence permit

21 Temporary permits to be subject to conditions

22 Further temporary permit

23 Reconsideration where application for another temporary permit declined

24 Revocation of temporary permit by immigration officer

25 New heading and sections inserted

Limited purpose permits

26 Obligation to inform all relevant facts, including changed circumstances

27 Grant of permits

28 Grant of permit in special case

29 Visas and permits may be issued or granted electronically

30 Pre-cleared permits

31 Revocation of pre-cleared permit by immigration officer

32 Evidence of permit or exemption to be retained

33 Spent transitional provisions repealed

Part 2
New Part 2 substituted in principal Act

34 New Part substituted

Obligation of persons unlawfully in New Zealand to leave

Appeal against requirement to leave, etc

Liability for removal

Powers of immigration officers in relation to persons suspected of being in New Zealand unlawfully

Transitional provisions

Part 3
New Part 4A inserted in principal Act

35 New Part inserted

Part 4
Amendments to Part 5 of principal Act—appeals

36 Appeal against decision of Removal Review Authority on question of law

Part 5
Amendments to Part 6 of principal Act—arrivals and departures

37 Detention and departure of persons refused permits, etc

38 Procedure under section 128 if review proceedings, etc, brought

39 Detention of persons whose eligibility for permit is not immediately ascertainable

Part 6
New Part 6A inserted in principal Act

40 New Part inserted

Claims for refugee status

Additional functions of refugee status officers in relation to continuation, etc, of refugee status

Appeals to refugee status appeals authority

Functions of authority otherwise than on appeals

General provisions relating to claims, etc

Claims and appeals completed before 1 October 1999

Transitional provisions

Part 7
Amendments to Part 7 of principal Act—miscellaneous provisions

41 Special directions

42 Delegation of powers of Minister

43 Designation of officers, etc, by chief executive

44 Powers of entry and search

45 Special provisions relating to custody

46 Additional provisions relating to custody in approved premises

47 Special powers of member of Police pending removal or deportation

48 Disclosure of immigration information to Department of Social Welfare

49 New sections inserted

50 Offences

51 Evidence in proceedings

52 General penalty for offences

53 Special provisions relating to judicial review of decisions under this Act

54 New sections substituted

55 Regulations

Part 8
Amendments to schedules and to other acts

56 New Schedule 1 substituted

57 Schedule 3A amended

58 Schedule 3B amended

59 New Schedule 3C inserted

60 New Schedule 6 added

Amendments to other acts

61 Amendment to Social Security Act 1964

62 Amendments to Immigration Amendment Act 1991

63 Amendment to Judicature Act 1908

64 Amendments to Legal Services Act 1991 [Repealed]

Schedule 1
New Schedule 1 substituted in principal Act

Schedule 2
New Schedule 3C inserted in principal Act

Schedule 3
New Schedule 6 added to principal Act

Reprint notes

An Act to—

  • (a) Improve the effectiveness of the removal regime for persons unlawfully in New Zealand by streamlining the procedures involved, so ensuring—

    • (i) A higher level of compliance with immigration laws; and

    • (ii) That persons who do not comply with immigration procedures and rules are not advantaged in comparison with persons who do comply; and

    • (b) Create a statutory framework for determining refugee status under the Refugee Convention; and

    • (c) Provide for a special security regime to protect sensitive security information that is relevant to immigration matters; and

    • (d) Introduce limited purpose permits and visas; and

    • (e) Provide a new statutory cost-recovery framework for immigration matters; and

BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of New Zealand as follows: