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11 October 2021 English

Offshore stuck post-study temporary visa holders are protesting in New Delhi.

Offshore stuck post-study temporary visa holders are protesting in New Delhi. - NZ Punjabi News

Auckland (kanwalpreet Kaur ) "Nineteen months" still no answer, no announcement, no update, no clarity from the New Zealand government for the offshore stuck temporary visa holders and their families. Their stories are heartbreaking, touching, and painful. They have financial stress, family and community pressure, the uncertainty of the future, and frustration with the situation.

On 30 September 2021, the Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has announced the 2021 Resident Visa, a one-off, simplified pathway to residence for around 165,000 migrants currently in New Zealand. Many offshore stuck post-study work visa holders fulfill the criterion but are disadvantaged because of the primary condition, "To be eligible, the principal applicant must have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021."

Offshore stuck post-study temporary visa holders urge the New Zealand government to pay immediate attention to the offshore stuck temporary visa holders, issue an assurance statement for their visa extension, and include them in the one-off resident visa policy.

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