Summary of Terms

Sections 15 and 16 of the Immigration Act 2009

Section 15 of the Immigration Act 2009

Under section 15 of the Immigration Act 2009 we will not grant you a visa, entry permission or a visa waiver if:

 

  • you have been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for 5 years or more (this applies even if any of your offences have later been taken off the record),
  • in the past 10 years you were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months or more,
  • you are subject to a period of prohibition on entry to New Zealand under section 179 or section 180 of the Immigration Act,
  • you have been removed or deported from any country, including New Zealand,
  • you are excluded from New Zealand under any enactment.

 

Section 16 of the Immigration Act 2009

Under section 16 of the Immigration Act 2009 we will not grant you a visa, entry permission or a visa waiver if:

 

  • you are a member of a terrorist entity designated under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, or
  • the Minister has reason to believe you:
    • are likely to commit an offence in New Zealand that is punishable by imprisonment; or
    • are, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to security; or
    • are, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order; or
    • are, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to the public interest.

Related Links

For the full text of sections 15 and 16 of the Immigration Act 2009, go to New Zealand Legislation.