Special Directions

These are the special directions issued by the Minister of Immigration in the New Zealand Government on matters related to immigration.  A special direction allows INZ to approve visas, impose conditions on visas and implement other administrative actions.
In your visa application, if there is any legal obstacle or if you do not seem to meet the requirements of the Immigration Act or Immigration Regulations; then, as your Licensed Immigration Advisers, we can request your application to be processed using the Special Directions (under section 17 of the Immigration Act 2009).  The decision on whether to grant a special direction can be made by the Minister of Immigration, the Associate Minister of Immigration or INZ staff member who has the appropriate delegations.
An “Excluded Person” who is not eligible for a visa, entry permission, or a visa waiver under section 15 or 16 of the Act; may need to request for Special Directions an/or a Character Waiver.

Who may be an Excluded Person ?

  • A person who has been sentenced to a prison sentence for a term of five years or more at any time
  • A person who at any time within the preceding 10 years has been sentenced to a prison sentence for 12 months or more
  • A person who has been removed or deported from New Zealand at any time
  • A person who has been excluded from New Zealand
  • A person who at any time has been removed, excluded, or deported from another country
  • Anyone who the Minister of Immigration believes is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to security, public order or the public interest
  • Anyone who the Minister believes is likely to commit an offence in New Zealand punishable by imprisonment
  • A person who is a member of a terrorist entity designated under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002.
Having said that, a  special direction may also be needed in the following circumstances:
  • Visa application fee waivers
  • Waiving specific lodgement requirements
  • Varying the conditions of a visa
  • Suspending an applicant’s ability to utilize a visa waiver arrangement.