17 Exceptions to non-eligibility for visa or entry permission

(1)

Despite sections 15 and 16, a visa and entry permission may be granted to any person—

(a)

in accordance with a special direction; or

(b)

in accordance with section 83.

(2)

Despite sections 15 and 16,—

(a)

entry permission must be granted to—

(i)

the holder of a permanent resident visa; and

(ii)

the holder of a resident visa granted in New Zealand; and

(iii)

the holder of a resident visa arriving in New Zealand for a second or subsequent time as the holder of the visa:

(b)

a visa and entry permission must be granted to a person who is for the time being entitled to any immunity from jurisdiction by or under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968 (other than a person referred to in section 10D(2)(d) of that Act) or the Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1971.

(3)

A decision to grant a visa and entry permission under subsection (1) is in the absolute discretion of the decision maker.

Compare: 1987 No 74 ss 7(3), (4), 11(1)(a)