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Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has set up new visa policy to make it easy for the entertainment industry workers such as singers, artists, musicians, and actors to visit the Kiwi land to pursue their professional commitments.
The new immigration policy will enable industry workers to visit and work in New Zealand on a short trip for up to 14 days without seeking an approval from local associations.
According to the existing immigration policy the industry workers need to obtain an approval from relevant authorizes in New Zealand before arriving in the country.
At the moment, the unions or guilds related to entertainment industry do not allow visitors to visit and work in the industry, if they find anyone an inappropriate.
However, the new Policy, which is likely to be implemented from March 2012, will allow the showbiz workers to get New Zealand’s visa without any prior approval from unions or guilds to visit and work in the country on temporary agreements.
According to the reports, the new changes in the immigration policy for entrainment workers is bit concerning for the local unions and guilds, as they say have started showing their reservations over the scope of local professionals.
However, New Zealand’s Government is looking forward to revise its visa policies to promote commercial activities, as it has been reported that New Zealand’s immigration process does not support showbiz business in the country.
New Zeeland’s minister of Immigration and broadcasting, Jonathan Coleman stated that they want to amend their visa policies according to the contemporary developments in the entertainment industry to meet the international standards.
“The existing policy is out-dated. It’s been in place for 20 years and the entertainment industry has grown hugely over that time. We are removing a redundant, bureaucratic process which only served to make New Zealand a less attractive place for the screen and entertainment industry to do business,” Coleman voiced.
“The economic activity and jobs generated are likely to outweigh any missed opportunities for Kiwi crew members and performers,” he added.
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