Immigration Act 2009

The Immigration Bill received Royal Assent on 16 November 2009, becoming the Immigration Act 2009 (the 'new Act').

NOTE: The majority of the Immigration Act 2009 provisions come into effect on 29 November 2010. Until then the provisions of the Immigration Act 1987 applied.

Information about the implementation of the new Act is on the Immigration New Zealand website. Historial information is on, and linked from, this page.


In April 2006 the Government announced the most comprehensive review of immigration legislation in 20 years. A discussion paper was released for public consultation and nearly 4000 submissions from individuals and organisations were received.

A package of proposals for new immigration legislation was agreed by Cabinet following the public consultation. A summary of the decisions is available via a link on this page. An Immigration Bill to replace the existing Act was tabled in the House on 8 August 2007. The Bill was referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee for its consideration. The Committee undertook further public consultation in 2007 and 2008 and reported on the Bill to Parliament. A number of changes were recommended by the Committee.

The second reading of the Bill took place in March 2009 and the third reading in November 2009. The Act was passed on 29 November 2009.


Public consultation phase – 2006

Public consultation documents:

Summary of submissions: 

Cabinet decisions for the Immigration Bill – 2006 

Early decisions on classified information and review of Part 4A – 2007 

Decisions to support introduction of the Immigration Bill – 2007 

Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee phase – 2007-2008 

Immigration and Protection Tribunal – 2008 

Regulatory impact statements