Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Letter to the Editor: A problem with visas

I write to you as a New Zealand Citizen who lived here for the past 20 years of my life after migrating from Egypt.

God has blessed me with a partner with whom I was due to start my life with. As she is in Egypt, we went through the long process of getting her a visitor visa based on her partnership with a citizen. This visa was granted in March and we were set for our new life in Auckland in April (after a planning a beautiful wedding in Egypt with family and friends). However, COVID happened and it derailed our plans and crushed our hearts. However, we didn’t give up and tried to apply for exemption so she can come when flights resumed (since she had to enter NZ early June). However, that was denied. We then tried to get an extension to her entry date. However, it was again denied! When we asked as to the reason why it was denied, they said we don’t have to give a justification. The only choice left was to re-apply for a visa, which we did. However, to our surprise it was sent to the overseas offices not the NZ offices!

In a recent article by NZ Herald dated 30 July it stated that “nearly 10,000 people were granted applications to move here from across the globe in the past two month”.

If it is possible to grant visas, why is my application being ignored or sent to offshore offices? I tried to contact Immigration NZ but no answer, I tried to contact several Labour MPs to help still nothing, when I contacted my local National MP, she was the one who answered and talked to me. She mentioned that NZ doesn’t view her as a partner as we haven’t been living together for a year, despite we have been together for 3 years and our cultural and religion (being Orthodox and Catholic Christians) we can’t live together outside the boundaries of marriage. While I didn’t like the answer I got, I appreciated the National Party having MPs that actually care about their communities.

As a NZ Citizen, who went to schools in NZ, studied in NZ, working in NZ with an engineering firm who is doing very well after Covid and needs all it members at full capacity, I am disappointed in our Government. They have let us down, the system in place have let us down, they have rules that bends to those who have loud voices and would affect their political agendas. They are meant to help us but yet all what we are getting is stress, uncertainty and no response. We are a team of 5 million in front of the media, outside, they don’t really care.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that these are tough and harsh times for all, and by no means am I asking for special consideration. However, I am asking why after being granted a visa based on a partnership (which is a clear acknowledgment of the partnership) my fiancé can’t come, why she wasn’t granted extension to her entry date? why she was not granted an exemption? Why did she need to reapply for the visa? why is it sent to an offshore offices? Many unanswered queries and no one is giving an answer or trying to help.

All of this took its tool on us mentally, emotionally and financially. I haven’t seen my partner in nearly a year and by the looks of it, this is not likely to change anytime soon. I lost all faith in the current Labour government with all its members. Maybe it is time for a change to a government that actually listen and MPs who actually care for their local communities?

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

Dunne Speaks: It's Time For Matariki Day

The period of Matariki, the celebration of the Māori New Year, which began earlier this week, is being celebrated increasingly as an important national event. While many other countries have their own form of New Year celebrations, Matariki is uniquely ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Be Pushed Into Re-Opening Our Borders

I believe in yesterday as much as Paul McCartney, but it was bemusing to see the amount of media attention lavished last week on the pandemic-related musings by former government science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

For most of the past week, any consumer of this country’s management of Covid-19 would think New Zealand was actually Brazil, or Texas. The media language has been full of claims of “botches” at the border, and laxness and inexcusable errors ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>