Im­mi­gra­tion dis­putes cou­ple’s claim

Manawatu Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand says a Palmer­ston North­based Uruguayan cou­ple up­set about their treat­ment have not ap­plied for res­i­dency since 2010.

The hus­band, Win­ston Ma­ciel said his con­crete lay­ing skills should be enough to earn him res­i­dency, but he said he'd been told by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials it was not a skilled job.

Ma­ciel was un­happy with his in­ter­ac­tions with Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand staff, but Im­mi­gra­tion man­ager Visa Ser­vices Michael Car­ley said Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand staff act in a pro­fes­sional and friendly mat­ter at ev­ery pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity.

“Our staff log each call and client in­ter­ac­tion to es­tab­lish a record of events.

“We have no records of

staff re­spond­ing in such a man­ner and any such in­stances should be re­ported to our com­plaints process and will be dealt with ac­cord­ingly.”

Car­ley said the most re­cent in­ter­ac­tion Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand had un­der­taken with Ma­ciel was in 2016.

“The last res­i­dency ap­pli­ca­tion Mr Ma­ciel and his wife lodged with INZ was in July 2010 un­der the skilled mi­grant cat­e­gory, which was de­clined in 2011.

“There have been no fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tions for res­i­dency lodged with INZ since this time.

Mr Ma­ciel’s chil­dren have gained res­i­dency sep­a­rately un­der part­ner­ship grounds.”

Ma­ciel is on a work visa which ex­pires late 2019, his wife Rosa is on an open work visa and their daugh­ter Floren­cia holds a stu­dent visa.

■ Last week’s story ini­tially said the Palmer­ston North Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand of­fice closed in 2017. Although the pub­lic counter at the of­fice closed in Septem­ber last year, the of­fice it­self is open, with more than 70 em­ploy­ees.

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