Studying abroad means getting a proud degree with a secured job, a handsome salary and staying forever with family in the country. But the immigration visa policies for some countries are strict and don’t allow international students to stay there.
New Zealand has become the choice of most of the international students due to the strict visa policy of the UK, the US, and Australia. The number of international students increased every year in New Zealand. Easy Study-to-work visa policy helped many students to get their desired job in the country.
Now due to sudden changes in immigration visa policy, the life of many international students is becoming uneasy about settling with their partner in New Zealand. Immigration rules are becoming strong for foreign people who are planning to settle with their families.
The rejection percentage of resident approvals is up to 30% since 2016, and the official target was set to 45,000. Are these impacts due to Christchurch mass shooting attacks happened in March 2019?
New Zealand is a country built by migrants, but these days, it is becoming difficult to get an immigration visa in the country. Immigration Visa policy is now labelled as racist by many. People are asked to pack up and quit their jobs because of these changes.
Now, the country is giving a pragmatic approach to marriages, especially done with NRIs (non-resident Indian). The immigration officers need to be convinced about this relationship to be genuine and stable.
As per them, these marriages are done with mutual understanding and are not like traditional marriages. So, to convince them that the marriage is steady and genuine becomes quite uneasy, particularly for Indians.
They check whether the applicants are staying together at the time of applying for an immigration visa which becomes difficult to prove for sponsor partner if he/she has spent time in studying or working in New Zealand.
Temporary visitor visa is granted to couples if the immigration officer is unsatisfied with their evidence, and later, they can again apply for a partnership visa. But to get a temporary visa is also kind of difficult as there are specific tests which include having some strong reason to return to their own country and the reason for this travel is only as a visitor.
To avoid all these issues, many people are trying not to bring their spouse to stay with them.
There is a huge pile of applications and backlog for partnership visa mainly from India and the average processing time of partnership visa is around nine months.
This delay in processing and rejecting is a growing lot of anger and frustration among people. Now, it has become the responsibility of the applicants to convince the immigration officer that the application has met all requirements of migration instructions.
The significant aspect to convince is that you and your partner are living together in a genuine and stable relationship. People who are having trouble with this immigration policy are not only from India but are also from Egypt and Thailand.
The crowd is hoping to see a solution and some leniency to the immigration policy of New Zealand to make life better in the country.