28 Feb 2014

Deportation reprieve for sick Fijian

3:11 pm on 28 February 2014

Immigration New Zealand has given a seriously ill man from Fiji a reprieve to organise his departure, after previously ordering him to leave the country by Saturday.

It had said Sanil Kumar must leave because his job as a sheetmetal worker could be done by a New Zealander and he has incurred health debts of about $30,000.

Immigration New Zealand says his application for a work visa was declined in July last year.

Mr Kumar has a donor for a kidney transplant lined up and his family is raising money for the operation.

He says if he goes back to Fiji he will die within months.

Immigration New Zealand has agreed to give his representatives a week to make travel arrangements for him to return to Fiji.