Being neighbouring countries, many often wonder if New Zealand has “strict” or “lenient” policies for
immigrants. Here is a small comparison of the policies of both countries, and it can be summarized that
there is no distinct “stricter” country, but one can say that some policies are “harsh” and some “easy”
for both countries.
A person with a temporary entry class New Zealand visa will fail the character test, and hence deported,
if the person is convicted of any crime that could be, by any court, handed a minimum of 3 months’
imprisonment. In comparison, the Australian policy will allow the applicant to fail character test if the
person has a 12-month imprisonment worthy crime under their belt, making New Zealand the stricter in his policy.
However, if the person holds a resident class visa for New Zealand for 2-5 years, deportation will not be
handled unless the offender can be handled an imprisonment term of no less than 2 years. And in the
case the offender holds a residence class visa for 10 years or more, they will not be subjected to
deportation at all. In that note, it is safe to say that New Zealand is far more lenient than Australia in this
policy. Also, New Zealand legislation allows a person with “deportation liability notice” to cancel
deportation on “humanitarian” grounds, which would be impossible in Australia.