Immigration revamp puts bigger load on sponsors
By Lincoln Tan
5:30 AM Monday Oct 18, 2010

New Zealanders wanting to sponsor a visitor will face increased risk and responsibility under changes made to the immigration law.

Sponsors of temporary migrants will from next month be responsible not only for their visitor's accommodation and food, but for all other costs - including medical, deportation and any Government costs incurred.

In the most comprehensive change to immigration legislation in more than 20 years, the new Immigration Act will replace the 1987 act on November 29.

Other changes will relax rules on schools enrolling foreign students unlawfully in New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand said that under current rules, failed sponsor undertakings often resulted in a debt to the Crown.

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