(1) A person who is not a New Zealand citizen may be in New Zealand only if that person is—
(a) the holder of a permit granted under this Act; or
(b) exempt under this Act from the requirement to hold a permit.
(2) Any person who is in New Zealand in contravention of subsection (1) of this section is deemed for the purposes of this Act to be in New Zealand unlawfully.
(3) The fact that an application for a permit has been made by or for any person does not—
(a) render the person's presence in New Zealand lawful; or
(b) give the person a right to remain in New Zealand while the application is considered; or
(c) give the person a right to apply for or be granted any other permit pending determination of the application; or
(d) inhibit removal procedures under this Act.
Section 4(3): substituted, on 18 November 1991, by section 3 of the Immigration Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 113).