New Zealand “family”, but not treated like it


via Stuff

via Stuff – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Brits are all full of talk about New Zealand being “family” when they want us to fight ISIS, but we’re not “family” when it comes to our best and brightest going to the UK for their OE.

New Zealanders will have to wait some time before restrictions on entering Britain are more relaxed, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has said.

Following talks with his British counterpart, Mr McCully said he would like to see visa restrictions for Commonwealth citizens who wished to travel to Britain relaxed, although he said it would take time.

Mr McCully confirmed he had discussed the issue at a meeting today with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

“We’ve not made any breakthroughs but we continue to work at some options which we think will improve the number of skilled New Zealanders able to go over to the UK.

Last week Fairfax reported that British MPs were trying to make it easier for Kiwis to live and work in Britain while on a visa.

British MPs were reported to have said European citizens were given an unfair advantage over Commonwealth citizens when it came to obtaining visas.

Currently Kiwis could travel to Britain under seven different visa categories, including high-value migrants, skilled workers and ancestry visas, Fairfax reported.

What the real problem is that any kind of restrictions that the New Zealand government might place on its citizens trying to leave the country to go join ISIS won’t come into play if they go to the UK first. ? From there, they’ll easily leave for the Middle East.


-?Nikki Papatsoumas, NZME