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24/04/2020 9:37 am  

These are some of the questions asked by participants of Iain Lees-Galloway in the ZOOM

Question
Legislation allows emergency benefits to be paid in a pandemic to temporary visa holders who have no job, no income. When is the Government going to use this power?

Minister says
Go to your embassy first, they are your responsibility just as NZers overseas are our responsibility. There are no current plans to pay emergency benefits to temporary visa holders.

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Question
Many of us temporary visa holders have been here for 4 or more years and have made NZ our home. We meet humanitarian policies and so what are you going to do for us as we have no job, no income.

Minister says
You can only apply for humanitarian. However, only the most EXCEPTIONAL cases will be approved. Most, if not all are likely to be not exceptional.

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Question
Employers are cutting pay rates because of covid-19 so that someone who met the SMC-RV salary requirements do not meet them now. What are the government plans for this? Will the Government lower the salary threshold for SMC-RV applicants, and parent category?

Minister says
There are no plans to lower thresholds

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Question
We are in South Africa with valid work visas but are now prevented from entering NZ. What is the Government planning to do to help us.

Minister says
Sit tight for now. A new policy will come in due course.

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Question
People have RV but have not entered triggered their residence status as have not yet entered NZ. Some people have or will have their RV expired. What is the Government going to do for us.

Minister says
The Government will not lift the travel ban.
For those with still valid for travel RV, all you can do is apply for a critical exemption. Most likely will not be approved. For those whose RV has already expired, the Government has made no decision what to do about that.

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Question
What are the priorities for processing when INZ re-opens

Minister says
No decisions have been made yet, but the reality is that environment will be very different and application approvals will be dependent of the Labour Market at the time.
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