Family waiting for visa decision because of son’s health
A New Zealand family has been left in limbo after one of the sons has been left without a visa. Jo-Lene Mahon, mother to Liam, 3, and Nolan, 1, has a permanent resident visa. Her husband Andreas, 32, was born in Germany but has a New Zealand father and therefore is a citizen by decent.
However, after returning to New Zealand after living abroad for three years Immigration New Zealand would only grant permanent residency to one of the young boys. Liam has been diagnosed with William’s syndrome, and the immigration authorities are concerned that he could become a burden on the country’s health system.
The three-year-old was born in Malaysia and the family has spent most of the last three years living in Germany. Mrs Mahon explained that the family had not moved back to New Zealand to take advantage of the free health care because that was already being given to them in Germany.
Michael Carley, Area Manager for Immigration New Zealand said if INZ is not happy that a visa applicant has a high enough standard of health the matter will be referred to a medical assessor for an independent opinion on the matter.
He added that those not in good health can sometimes be granted a waiver as long as everything else on the application is in order.
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