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NZ Minister Visa Reforms on Horizon: Parents & Grandparents

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NZ Erica Stanford Education & Immigration Minister hinted that visa reforms for Parents & Grandparents seeking extended stays in New Zealand.

In a bid to reshape the landscape of family and partnership visas, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford is spearheading reforms. The potential relief for overseas parents and grandparents seeking extended stays in New Zealand.

Reforming Family Visas

Stanford’s focus on revising visa conditions comes amidst a broader agenda of immigration policy reform. This is particularly paying attention to the partnership visa policy, which she describes as inadequate for its intended purpose.

However, while the minister expresses a desire for partnership visa changes, she acknowledges that other pressing matters.

Family & Partnership Visa Policy in Focus

Immigration Minister Erica Stanford prioritizes reforms, including family and partnership visas, amidst other critical initiatives this parliamentary term.

Both the National and ACT parties proposed temporary, long-term visas for parents of overseas-born permanent residents and citizens during the last election cycle. ACT’s coalition agreement commits the government to establish a five-year, renewable parent visa, subject to families covering healthcare costs.

Presently, parents can stay for up to 18 months within a three-year period on a multiple-entry visitor visa. Apart from the residence visa, which had been on hiatus for six years before its reintroduction.

The timeline for implementing these changes hinges on the completion of other policy reforms. Nonetheless, Stanford assures that as a coalition commitment, these revisions will materialize within the current term.

“We’re working through that at the moment,” Stanford said. “There are some immediate things that have taken our attention like AEWV and migrant exploitation that we’ve been working very hard on and will be announcing.”

The proposed reforms have been met with anticipation by the Association for Migration and Investment. The anticipated reforms will alleviate the strain on parent residence visas, which have seen overwhelming demand.

Alongside family visas, focus extends to partnership visas, especially those linked to culturally arranged marriages, warranting examination and potential adjustments.

Priorities and Challenges

Stanford acknowledges shortcomings in the current criteria and visa processing, hinting at potential adjustments in the future.

“Certain visas like the culturally arranged marriage visa…is not fit for purpose,” Stanford acknowledged. “Whether or not we get to that in our first term, I’m not sure yet – we’ve got a really, really heavy policy programme this term.”

As discussions around visa reforms continue, stakeholders eagerly await further developments, anticipating a more streamlined and inclusive immigration system that caters to the diverse needs of New Zealand’s population.

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