29 Aug 2012

'No guarantees' Tyson will get NZ visa

11:13 pm on 29 August 2012

Immigration New Zealand says there is no guarantee that American boxer Mike Tyson will be granted a visa to visit the country.

The former heavyweight has announced he will be coming to Auckland on 15 November this year to speak about his life.

A spokesperson for the tour says Tyson has applied for a special direction visa to be allowed to enter the country despite having criminal convictions.

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992, sentenced to six years' jail and served three.

People with sentences of more than five years are automatically declined entry to New Zealand if they apply for a normal visa.

Immigration New Zealand says there is never a guarantee that any visa application will be approved and all applicants have to demonstrate good character.