Parents told visa applications could take seven years
Migrants applying for New Zealand residency under the parent family category have been told that they may have to wait as long as seven years for their applications to be processed. They have also been told that during this time any children who become financially independent or get married will be dropped from the application.
The family category currently has two tiers. The top tier applicants are the wealthiest and will have their visas processed in around six months. Other parents can look forward to a wait of up to seven years. Those who applied before the system was changed have been told that they may have to wait five years for a residency decision.
Nicola Hogg, visa services general manager, said all applications for residency are determined in accordance with instructions issued at the time the application is made. She added that when the application is assessed any dependent children need to financially reliant on the applicant, single, and with no children of their own.
Ms Hogg went on to say that the number of parent family places on offer for New Zealand is fewer than the number of applications being made.
A number of applicants are criticising the system because they say it is natural for their children to want to get a good job, get married and have children.
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