2 Nov 2006

New Zealand High Commission in Samoa warns against migration scams

1:31 pm on 2 November 2006

New Zealand's High Commissioner in Samoa, John Adank, has issued a warning about misinformation being spread by immigration scamsters in the country.

The warning comes after last week's New Zealand announcement to accept seasonal workers from six Pacific countries in the horticulture and viticulture sectors.

Mr Adank says he has been aware of a number of complaints from Samoans who in the past have paid money to private consultants promising jobs or visas but who failed to deliver.

The High Commissioner says he is concerned the scamsters might be tempted to provide misleading information to those who may want to access the scheme.

Meanwhile, the prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says his government will adopt criteria to ensure seasonal workers from Samoa won't cause problems by overstaying.

Tuila'epa says the scheme will be discussed in the annual bilateral immigration talks between Samoa and New Zealand in Wellington this month.