A5.15 (formerly titled, Applicants not considered to be of good character for a residence class visa) has been changed to clarify the scope of character requirements and the mechanisms by which a visa might be granted if an applicant does not meet them.
A5.30 describes the character requirements in relation to those who may pose a risk to New Zealand’s international reputation. This includes a person who has or has had an association with, membership of, or involvement with, any government, regime, group or agency that has advocated or committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and/or other gross human rights abuses. The changes include a clarification that if an immigration officer is satisfied that the nature and extent of the association, membership or involvement was or is minimal or remote, then the officer may grant a visa to the applicant, provided all other immigration instructions are met.
A5.50, which was a similar set of instructions for temporary entry visa applicants, will be removed from the Operational Manual effective on 2 July 2021. The following flip book contains amended residence and temporary entry instructions effective on and after 2 July 2021.