Parent visa reaction - "gutted and betrayed"

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 8 October 2019

A New Zealand immigration lawyer say his clients have been left reeling by the news that the reinstated parent visa category only caters to the country's top earners.

Yesterday the government announced it will bring back the parent visa category, which National suspended out of concern sponsors were not honouring commitments to support their parents financially. But now the parent category comes with a tough income requirement for the child sponsor, as as well as a cap on the number of parents who can come.

This, opponents say, rules out many migrants who are middle income earners, including some who are highly skilled.

Aaron Martin, Principal Immigration Lawyer at New Zealand Immigration Law says the income threshold is too high and excludes many people with skills that New Zealand had been seeking to attract.

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Immigration Minister Iain Lees- Galloway. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas