26 July 2011

New Zealand visa changes for religious leaders

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Changes to New Zealand immigration rules have now made it easier for international religious leaders to apply for a New Zealand visa to live in the country.

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A temporary New Zealand visa for religious workers has been announced.

The announcement of a new temporary New Zealand visa for religious workers was announced by Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman today.

The changes aim to address concerns that there is a lack of religious workers in the country, with the new temporary visa allowing holders to stay in NZ for up to four years, after which they can apply for residence.

Speaking on the new visa, Jonahan Coleman said: ''This new policy provides a path to residency for religious workers as well as an updated temporary work visa for shorter stays."

''Religious leaders play an important role in the spiritual lives of many New Zealanders. We consulted widely on the policy and made some changes that now meet the needs of many communities."

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