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New Zealand parent reunion system unfair

Posted on 15 Jul at 9 AM Tags: New Zealand Visa, Working in New Zealand, Property, Living In New Zealand,

New Zealand First has accused the Kiwi government of favouring Chinese parents who use the skilled immigrant visa system to come and live with their children. According to Winston Peters, leader of New Zealand First, more than half of the parent reunion quota is being handed to Chinese immigrants.

The rules say that parents are only permitted to join their children if half of their children are no longer living in their home country.

Because of the one-child policy in China this means that a married Chinese couple are allowed to bring in four parents. This has led to a disproportionate entitlement.

Mr Peters said his party proposed to put a cap on the number of parents entering New Zealand from another country of 20 per cent of the number of skilled migrants from a particular country. He explained that this would give all skilled migrants an equal chance of having their parents move to live with them.

Mr Peters went on to say that although the children were required to work, their parents were not. However, after a period of 10 years if those parents are over the age of 65 they are entitled to superannuation. He said that they would also begin to put more pressure on sectors of society including retirement homes and the health services.

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