The Immigration and Refugee Law Committee monitors and makes recommendations on proposed legislative reforms relevant to immigration and refugee law.
It also liaises with Immigration New Zealand regarding the implementation of immigration policy and practice.
The Immigration and Refugee Law Committee (IRLC) was established in 2010 to keep a watching brief on all legislative reform relevant to immigration and refugee law.
Mark Williams is the convenor of the IRLC. Mark has specialised in immigration law, with a focus on individual/family, business/investment and corporate migration services, over the last 18 years, and is an internationally recognised expert in New Zealand immigration law. Mark is an Adjunct Professor of Law of Victoria University (Melbourne), and was a lecturer in immigration law at the University of Canterbury.
The committee is made up of experienced immigration practitioners:
In the past 18 months, the IRLC has commented on proposals impacting on immigration and refugee law, including submissions on:
The committee also liaises with INZ and the Refugee Status Branch, as well as the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, on immigration policy and practice issues. In the forthcoming 2-year term the committee will focus on strengthening these lines of communication, so that any concerns can be brought to the attention of INZ, the RSB and the IPT.