Good news for everyone, because now The Government will review the Entrepreneur Work Visa policy introduced by National four years ago, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says.
Lees-Galloway will ask the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to “do some work” on the policy that was “not working as intended”, he said.
The move was a response to an email sent by former immigration minister, turned immigration adviser, Tuariki Delamere, to Lees-Galloway and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comparing the policy to other “anti-Chinese” legislation.
“It is a blight on our national reputation. I ask that you restore our honour in this matter,” Delamere said in the email.
He introduced the long-term business visa in 1999. Up to 85 per cent of the applicants were Chinese, he said.
The entrepreneur work visa was introduced by the National-led government in 2014. It replaced the long-term business visa.
More than 70 per cent of the 386 people granted an entrepreneur work visa in the year to July 2016 were from China, according to Immigration New Zealand figures.
The new visa was retrospectively included all long-term business visa holders who were granted the visa before March 2014 .