E2.100 Ban on the grant of visas to leading members of the Syrian regime
- New Zealand has taken action in respect of leading members of the regime in Syria, being persons closely aligned with the regime of President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, and who are named on the list of such persons held by INZ and updated from time to time.
- Ordinarily, none of the persons named on the list held by INZ may be granted a visa (including a transit visa) or entry permission.
- Where special circumstances exist (supported by cogent and reliable evidence and in consultation with MFAT) INZ may nonetheless grant a visa and entry permission to a person named on the list.
- The decision to grant a visa to a person named on the list is limited to immigration officers with Schedule 1-2 delegations (see A15.5).