Man who misled Immigration NZ to get residency deported

12:52 pm on 16 November 2019

One of the last remaining people detained after an immigration crackdown on illegal workers has been deported.

Signage for check-in at Auckland International Airport

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

Adam Gan Bin Abdullah returned to New Zealand eight months after being deported in 2012 and was granted residence with his wife.

Operation Spectrum stopped more than 190 people working illegally within a six-month period.

Among them was 40-year-old carpenter Abdullah who worked in Auckland.

He was deported to Malaysia with a five-year exclusion on returning, but changed his name and came back the following year.

He pleaded guilty to nine immigration offences and was sentenced to home detention.

He appealed his deportation, saying it would permanently separate him from his wife, and he would suffer emotionally and financially.

The immigration and protection tribunal dismissed his appeal, ruling there were no exceptional humanitarian circumstances.

It also noted the arguments in considering whether his deportation was unjust or unduly harsh.

"The appellant lived lawfully in New Zealand for only two-and-a-half years after he first arrived here," it ruled.

"He was then unlawfully in New Zealand for 21 months, followed by his deportation subject to a five-year period of prohibition on re-entry into New Zealand.

"Despite this, he returned to New Zealand eight months later under a changed name, and (within the five-year prohibition period) remained in New Zealand and gained residency through concealing his previous name and deportation.

"The appellant has himself accepted the validity of the sentencing Judge's comments that he failed to disclose to Immigration New Zealand that he had been known by another name, spent time in New Zealand and been deported from New Zealand, because he knew that if he had disclosed this information he would not have been granted entry into New Zealand."

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