Several thousands of migrants’ Parents are awaiting New Zealand to lift a moratorium placed on parent category visas in order for them to reunite with their children in the country.
According to information that reached New Zealand’s Education and Workforce Select Committee on Wednesday, May 1, above 5000 parents who seek to reunite with their children in New Zealand have expressed interest. This number can be double what it seems because a couple needs just a single application.
Prior to the moratorium enforced by NZ’s former government, a particular category of visa allowed parents of migrants who have been in New Zealand for at least three years and have permanent residency to join them in the country. Things changed in October 2016 when the then government of the country decided to put the visa on hold. The moratorium was to last two years, ought to have been lifted last year, but it appears the country has not decided to lift the ban.
Addressing the matter, Ian Lees-Galloway – NZ immigration minister, could not say when the ban will finally be lifted or otherwise.
Immigration Minister to decide
Though the immigration minister could not give a date, he assured concerned parties that the government is working actively on the moratorium and a decision will be made soon.
Both the Prime Minister and Deputy Leader Winston Peters emphasized that the immigration minister is essential to whatever decision is finally made. Mr. Peters nevertheless indirectly dropped hints Lees-Galloway is not likely to support the lifting of the moratorium. He said the ban was put in place because of the way things were getting out of hand as a result of unfocused immigration policies which the country is still working to ensure its interests are served.
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