Special Directions

Special Directions

The Minister of Immigration in the New Zealand Government can issue a special direction on any matter related to immigration. The decision to give a special direction is a matter of absolute discretion, and no person has the right to apply for a special direction.

It is a decision made by a New Zealand’s Immigration Minister (or his or her delegate) to waive an immigration requirement for, or impose an immigration condition on a person, visa, or document. Special directions are only made in very special circumstances.

You must make the request in writing and must include the reasons why you consider you should be granted a special direction. Please note that the request is not in itself an application for a visa, if the request for a special direction is granted, a formal application must follow.

The specific occasions under relevant sections of Immigration Act 2009, to which special directions may be applied are:

  • To grant a visa or entry permission to people otherwise prohibited from getting them.
  • To issue an Invitation to Apply for Residence even though the person has not submitted an Expression of Interest
  • To refer a Residence visa application to the Minister instead of an INZ officer
  • To impose, cancel or vary any Resident Visa condition and do so at the time the person applies for entry permission
  • To impose, cancel or vary any temporary visa condition
  • To impose, vary or cancel any condition of a temporary visa
  • To exempt someone from having to pay a prescribed fee, or direct refund of a fee or bond

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