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‘Character’ And Its Impact On Immigration Status


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) is sounding a warning to migrants, that
running foul of the law may see them leaving the country
prematurely.

Immigration officers are
concerned at the number of temporary migrants committing
crime, seemingly not aware of the implications for their
immigration status in Aotearoa New
Zealand.

Deportation may be the outcome for migrants
who commit crime in New Zealand. For serious criminal
offenders, it is often the only option, once their custodial
sentence is served.

What may be perceived as a minor
offence or misdemeanour back home, can have serious
consequences here.

MBIE’s General Manager
Immigration Compliance and Investigations, Steve Watson,
says in some areas across the country, increasing numbers of
migrant workers in construction, tourism and hospitality are
facing alcohol related charges and court appearances. He has
a message for them.

“If you commit an offence, it
may affect your ability to remain in the
country.”

He says offenders are often unaware of the
consequences of what they may see as minor
matters.

“And they’re shocked when we tell them
that committing a crime may mean an early plane ride
home,” adds Mr Watson.

However, he says that
immigration officers work with migrants to achieve the best
outcome for both them and New Zealand.

The decision to
deport is made by looking at a total picture of an
individual’s circumstances. This may include what the
criminal offence is; how long they’ve been in New Zealand;
whether they’ve got family in New Zealand; what their job
is; the skill set of the individual; and whether there are
any humanitarian factors present which relate to New
Zealand’s international obligations.

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“We compare
the risks of their offending with the value they bring to
New Zealand, and balance that against a careful assessment
of their character,” says Mr Watson.

“Deportation
may affect their ability to return to New Zealand and
potentially their ability to visit other countries as
well.”

More information can be found about the
impact of crime on peoples’ ability to come to New Zealand
here.

Further
information about both Deportation and
Criminal convictions can be found at the
following links.

Deportation
| Immigration New Zealand

Criminal
convictions | Immigration New
Zealand

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