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New Zealand to amend strict visa conditions for overseas parents

02:45 PM | 3 Apr, 2024
New Zealand to amend strict visa conditions for overseas parents

AUCKLAND - The government of New Zealand is exploring the possibility of amending the visa conditions for overseas parents and grandparents. 

Immigration Minister Erica Stanford confirmed the development which could enable long-stay visits for overseas parents and grandparents.

Regarding the existing legislation, aside from the residence visa - which had been on hold for six years - parents can stay for up to 18 months in a three-year period on a multiple-entry visitor visa.

Regarding the timeline of implementation of the change, the minister said the timing of changes will depend on other policy changes but as a coalition commitment, it will happen this term.

"We're working through that at the moment," Stanford affirmed.

The minister also commented on the partnership visa policy and said she wants changes to the partnership visa policy, describing the culturally arranged marriage visa as not fit for purpose.

‘Whether or not we get to that in our first term, I'm not sure yet - we've got a really, really heavy policy program this term. And so it's certainly on my mind, because I know the culturally arranged marriage visa, for example, is not fit for purpose, we do need to turn our minds to that,’ the minister said. 

The minister elaborated that the partnership changes may not happen this parliamentary term, adding that the authorities were currently discussing the accredited employer work visa and migrant exploitation. 

'There are some some (sic) immediate things that have taken our attention like AEWV (accredited employer work visa) and migrant exploitation that we've been working very hard on and will be announcing. Everything else at the moment we're putting into a a pipeline of work about when it will happen and what sort of changes are required,' the minister said.

It bears mentioning that the long-term stay allowed to the elderly is a piece of welcome news. 
The statistics in this regard are already not very bright as the annual quota of residence visas brought in by the last government in 2022 for parents and grandparents is 2500, and it is already significantly over-subscribed, rnz reported.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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