Immigration officers to get beefed-up search powers
By Lincoln Tan
5:30 AM Thursday Oct 21, 2010

Immigration officers are to be given greater powers of search and investigation without reliance on police under new laws coming in next month.

Officers will be able to investigate and act against offenders without the need to rely on Customs or police under the Immigration Act.

They will be able to enter and search places and crafts, inspecting records of educational providers, accommodation providers, employers and even buildings and premises of people liable for deportation.

The new act comes into effect on November 29 and, subject to Cabinet approval, officers working for Immigration New Zealand will be given new powers.

"The amendments will allow immigration officers to carry out routine immigration-related investigations and functions without relying on resources from our partner agencies," said Nigel Bickle, head of Immigration.

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