1 out of 3 New Zealand Partnership Visitor visas is being rejected. The immigration experts have cautioned that authorities are taking an increasingly tough stand for these visa cases. In 2017, the rejection rate for the Partnership Visitor visas increased to 35%. This is when compared with the 14% in 2007.
Immigration experts have said that this will have a considerable impact on families if in case it is decided to cap the numbers of Partnership Visitor visas. The Association for Investment and Immigration said that there is a transition in the manner of dealing with the applications. The manner in which appeals to the Minister of Immigration is handled is also tightened, as quoted by the Radionz Co NZ.
The Chairperson of Association for Investment and Immigration said that Immigration New Zealand is taking an enhanced cautious approach for visa applications. The manner of handling in some cases is quite unjust and unfair as it is not transparent, added the Chair.
There is not much enhancing of toughness in the area of Partnership Visitor visas, elaborated the Chair of AMI. The concern is regarding the genuineness of the relationships, she added. More evidence is being sought as applicants do things for their convenience to sail through the system.
The right of appealing to independent reviewing body must be there for people who are overseas while the visa applications get denied, said the Chair.
Krystel and Steve Razos have married 4 years ago in the Philippines. They also have a 2-year son Johnny from the wedlock. INZ said that the couple misled it when the couple separated provisionally and thus canceled her visa while Krystel was on a visit to the Philippines to meet her family members.
INZ said that she had offered misleading and false information. It was not satisfied that the couple was in a stable and genuine relationship, said INZ.
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