Lawyer accuses Immigration NZ of leaving asylum seekers in limbo

From Summer Report, 7:14 am on 14 January 2020

An Auckland lawyer says asylum seekers still face undue delays getting visas in what may be a deliberate attempt from Immigration New Zealand to deter applicants.

Immigration staff worked through the holiday period to clear a backlog of visas for asylum seekers struggling with new requirements to provide and pay for medical and police checks.

It also apologised and introduced measures to ease the requirements.

But Auckland lawyer Simon Laurent says the process is still harder than it needs to be. He spoke to our immigration reporter, Gill Bonnett.