Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has made it clear that there's no proof that recipients of the Parent Visa Scheme are riding on social assistance to their own advantage. It gave its submission to the select committee for Education and Workforce regarding the petition by David Barker appealing to the government to rescind the moratorium placed on the visa. The previous government had in 2016, frozen the visa scheme while it was undergoing a review. At the moment, the Immigration Minister is yet to conclude on its future. Sian Roguski, who is the Immigration Policy Manager for MBIE, revealed that there was proof from sponsors right from 2013 which showed that only one percent of beneficiaries of the visa had access to social benefits starting from 2 to 5 years after getting a residence permit. But then, Ms. Roguski said their review failed to show the impact of the scheme on public health costs because of the challenges in getting complete access to information. She went further to say that their review also did not validate the claims that some of the migrants were exchanging their residence status with their parents, sponsoring them to come to live in the country while they go back home. Ms. Roguski gave some of the statistics showing that the recipients of the visa in 2011/2012 and 2003/2004, have up to ninety-seven percent and eighty-six percent of them respectively who are still in New Zealand. She said that while it's obvious that the visa scheme has a huge influence on the level at which the country attracts and retains skilled migrants, it is very difficult to determine the extent it does it.
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