The government of New Zealand is strongly considering and actually inclining towards reopening the visa category for parents which was stopped sometime in late 2016 to clear a backlog.
This development will provide answers to the applicants of the over 6,000 parent visas that have been pending for over two years.
The parent visa category provided parents whose adult children were either citizens or residents in New Zealand with the opportunity to come to the country to join their children. This visa program was closed in 2016 under the administration of Michael Woodhouse, the country's Minister of Immigration at the time, to attend to the piled up pending applications.
Officials of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) had expectations last year that the visa category will be reopened in June last year, but unfortunately, nothing happened.
New Zealand's Immigration Minister anticipates an update this year
The reasons for why the parent visa is still closed is not clear, but Iain Lees-Galloway, the current Minister for Immigration, has hopes that a decision will be made in this regard in the first half of this year.
The MBIE reviewed the partnership, dependent child and parent visas of which briefing showed that officials of the INZ met with Lees-Galloway on the 20th of December, 2017 to deliberate on top-priority findings and conclusions made on all family category visas.
The briefing further revealed that officials expected that a review of the parent visa
is conducted and concluded by June of 2018. The officials were to provide the Minister of Immigration with updates by the ending of February 2018 to support him with helpful information that will enable him to make a decision.
As it is, it is almost a year since after the expected date of the conclusion of the review, but the government is yet to make a decision.
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