The amendments in the bill will make New Zealand a less desirable target for people smugglers, and therefore encourage people to use legitimate immigration channels to come to New Zealand. The amendments will also help to manage a mass arrival, should it occur.
The amendments will:
See the Immigration Amendment Bill.
The Immigration Amendment Bill had its first reading in the House on 3 May 2012. It has since been sent to Select Committee for consideration. The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has now called for public submissions. Submissions must be received by 8 June 2012.
See information on how to make a submission to the Select Committee on the bill.
People wishing to make a submission can also telephone the Select Committee Office and talk to the secretariat of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on (04) 817 9520.