Immigration New Zealand is standing by its determination to grant a visa to the associate of Inexperienced MP Ricardo Menéndez March and says the appliance was handled “like every other”.
Immigration NZ head Greg Patchell yesterday mentioned he would look into the case after Nationwide MPs queried, throughout a Parliamentary choose committee assembly, whether or not there had been any particular remedy.
In a press release to RNZ, a division spokesperson mentioned Patchell was not throughout all of the case particulars on the time, however had since reviewed the file.
“[He] can affirm that the appliance was processed within the regular method by way of an authorised determination maker and was authorised because it met immigration directions”, the assertion mentioned.
“No escalations or interventions occurred as the appliance was handled like every other for that class. “
Menéndez March’s associate – who was dwelling in Mexico – was invited to use for a visa on 3 December final 12 months. He was granted a six-month customer visa on 11 January and arrived in New Zealand, with Menéndez March, in February.
Based on Immigration NZ’s web site, an applicant for this visa class should present proof that they’re in a “real and steady relationship” with a New Zealand citizen or resident.
The proof can embrace particulars of earlier shared dwelling preparations, journey actions, and different paperwork “exhibiting a dedication to a shared life”.
Throughout Thursday’s choose committee listening to, Patchell appeared to substantiate that an applicant must be dwelling with their associate to be eligible.
“If a pair had been domiciled in two homes, in two nations, and so they merely stayed with one another on vacation each every so often, would that not then meet the ‘dwelling collectively’ instruction?” Nationwide Get together MP Erica Stanford requested.
Patchell mentioned he was not conversant in the precise necessities, however went on: “Within the state of affairs you’ve got described … it in all probability would not meet the standards.”
Requested to make clear the visa’s preconditions, Immigration NZ instructed RNZ the applicant would have needed to meet the “dwelling collectively necessities as outlined within the related immigration directions”.
“The related directions of this class had been met,” a spokesperson mentioned.
Chatting with RNZ on Thursday, Menéndez March confirmed the couple had introduced “a very complete bundle” to Immigration NZ late final 12 months.
“We lived collectively for a number of months [in Mexico before the pandemic] and clearly sufficient for Immigration New Zealand to be glad,” he mentioned.
“Clearly, our aim would’ve been… to cohabit all through 2020, however the pandemic has simply meant that that wasn’t the case.”
Menéndez March mentioned he was assured each his associate and immigration officers had adopted “due course of”.
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