Court rules on immigration changes.
16 May 2003 NZOOM One News

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The High Court has ruled that some changes to immigration rules introduced by the Government in November are invalid and breach the Immigration Act.

Justice Randison has ruled that new requirements, including a tougher English language test for would-be immigrants applying for entry under the general skills category, cannot be applied retrospectively.

But the judge found the long term business visa is not part of residency policy, meaning the Government can make changes in that area retrospectively.

The legal challenge was mounted by the Association for Migration and Investment, which says more than 6,000 people could be affected by the ruling