Links Between Temporary Entry and Permanent Residence
The objective of this study was to provide baseline information on the extent to which recently approved residents had previously been in New Zealand. The research examined a sample of principal applicants approved for residence in the 1998 calendar year from the top six source countries.
Among other things, findings indicated:
- overall, 58 percent of the principal applicants approved for residence had previously been granted a permit for temporary entry to New Zealand;
- 51 percent of the principal applicants had previously held a visitor permit, 26 percent a work permit, and 4 percent a student permit (many had held more than one type of temporary permit); and
- the proportion of principal applicants from Fiji, Great Britain, South Africa, and ‘Other’ nationalities previously in New Zealand on temporary permits ranged from 64 to 73 percent, while 56 percent of Samoan principal applicants had previously been in New Zealand. However, China and India had proportions which were considerably lower, at 25 and 34 percent respectively.
This research highlights the significance of temporary entry in facilitating people’s subsequent uptake of residence. It also indicates there are reasons for thinking that temporary entry policy should be more explicitly linked to residence policy. However, more research is required to analyse the flows from temporary to permanent residence before firm conclusions can be drawn.
Author: NZ Immigration Service
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