1 Comment

Visa-waiver with South Africa under review

Source NZ Herald By Lincoln Tan

The visa-waiver agreement with South Africa is to be reviewed amid suggestions that terrorists and criminals are travelling on fraudulently obtained passports from the republic.

A Cabinet paper recommends Immigration Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Kate Wilkinson review the arrangement by the end of the year.

“There are concerns about the fraudulent use of South African passports by non-South African nationals and the availability of fraudulently issued legitimate South African passports,” Mr Guy said.

“While Immigration New Zealand has been very successful in managing these risks to date, it is appropriate to reassess the current visa-waiver arrangement … to determine whether a change is warranted.”

In the 12 months to February, 72 people have been prevented from travelling to or entering New Zealand with what were thought to be fraudulently obtained South African passports.

In the past five years, 5057 foreign nationals were refused entry at the border – 3262 were believed to have non-genuine reasons for travelling and 448 were seen as “likely to commit a crime in New Zealand”.

However, an Immigration NZ spokesman said yesterday there was no breakdown of how many were travelling on South African passports.

Britain also stopped allowing South African passport holders to enter without a visa three years ago, saying South Africa “fell short of the required standard” of passport security.

Anneli Botha, senior terrorism researcher at the International Crime in Africa Programme, says South Africans can use their driver’s licence, identity book or a birth certificate to apply for a passport, and fake South African birth certificates can be bought easily on the black market.

In an article for the Institute for Security Studies, she lists a number of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists caught with South African passports, including two alleged to be part of a 2006 plot to blow up airliners.

Advertisements

About Auckland Law Firm, Quay Law

Find a lawyer? Auckland lawyer, Ian Mellett of Auckland law firm, QUAY LAW NZ. Quay Law is a well-established commercial, immigration, conveyancing, trust and property law firm based in Remuera, New Zealand. For FREE legal tips posted regularly please visit www.aucklandlawfirm.co.nz or www.lawyerinauckland.co.nz

One comment on “Visa-waiver with South Africa under review

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: