- This is not current policy -
The policy in this manual ceases to be effective from 29 November 2010.
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E9 Trade Commitments
- One of the objectives of New Zealand's temporary entry policy is to contribute to building strong international links. Part of this includes supporting New Zealand’s position in a global trade environment, and ensuring that New Zealand’s trade commitments with respect to immigration are being met.
- Immigration plays an important role in ensuring New Zealand’s trade commitments are met through operational policy providing for the mobility (temporary entry) of bona fide business people into New Zealand.
- New Zealand has committed itself to a range of undertakings through different agreements. To date the following agreements have been signed:
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
- New Zealand and Singapore Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)
- New Zealand and Thailand Closer Economic Partnership
- Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
- New Zealand and China Free Trade Agreement
- ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA)
- Details of some of these trade agreements are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at the following address: www.mfat.govt.nz/Trade-and-Economic-Relations/Trade-Agreements/index.php.
- Specific provisions throughout the Operational Manual enable New Zealand to meet the commitments that have been made in these trade agreements. These provisions are:
- A4.65.1 Seconded business people
- N4 Group Transit Visa for Chinese nationals
- V3.5 Business visitors
- V3.105 APEC Business Travel Cardholders
- WS2 (a) and (l) Specific purposes or event
- WI8 Thai chefs
- WI9 China Special Work Policy
- WI10 China Skilled Workers Policy
- WI11 Philippines Special Work Policy
- WI12 Vietnam Special Work Policy