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Immigration rules for religious workers under review

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Immigration rules that cover religious workers are being reviewed, the Government said today.

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said many religious leaders were only granted temporary work permits, and then their communities asked whether they could stay longer.

"I recognise that religious leaders are important to the spiritual wellbeing of many New Zealanders," he said.

"That is why I have asked the Department of Labour to review the current policies to see if they are appropriate, while ensuring the integrity of the immigration system is maintained."

A consultation document has been issued.

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