11 March 2008
New Zealand attempts to stop UK immigration changes
The New Zealand government is to attempt to stop UK immigration law changes preventing people from the country heading to the UK for six months without a visa. It is traditional for people from New Zealand to be able to spend six months in Britain without a visa but it is thought new changes will mean the period is cut to three months.
Prime Minister Helen Clarke told Newstalk ZB: "Since the huge expansion of the European Union... Britain has had a very great number of people come to settle and live there and of course that puts pressure on housing and services." She added that New Zealand people are a "relatively small" part of the flow into Britain. Ms Clarke concluded that she thinks the New Zealand people who move to Britain through UK immigration are an "overwhelmingly positive flow".
A new points-based system recently came into force in the UK, designed to ensure only skilled people are allowed to enter the country.
Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of their current position under UK visa regulations should request a call from a qualified UK Visa Bureau migration consultant to see if they are eligible for migration to the UK, or call direct on Freephone 0800 043 7011. Alternatively, HSMP visa hopefuls should try taking the HSMP online assessment.