Taking the piss

Migrants who want to remain in this country should treat us with respect. What they should not do is take the piss.

A Nepalese mother-of-two is being forced to choose between her two sons after Immigration New Zealand (INZ) granted permanent residency for one but not the other.

Santosh Bikram Singh, now 12, has cerebral palsy and is deemed to “impose undue costs or demands” to the public health system.

Mother Roshna Kandel, 32, has been fighting the agency for more than two years to bring him over to live with her and his brother.

“As a mother, how can I choose one or the other, but I have been put in this impossible situation,” she said.

“I cry so much everyday…now the only time I can be together with my two sons is in my dreams.”

INZ area manager Darren Calder said Kandel was the principal applicant for residence visa lodged in April 2013.

The application included her partner and younger son, Saphal, now 7, but not the elder Santosh.

Trying to game the system.

In May 2014, an application for residence on behalf of Santosh was lodged under the Family Category.

“His application was declined because he has a condition which is deemed to impose undue costs or demands on New Zealand’s public health system,” Calder said.

“He was also not eligible for a medical waiver because he was not included in his mother’s previous application.”

Calder said the independent Immigration and Protection Tribunal had also dismissed a appeal against the decision to decline residence.

The tribunal said assessors determined that if Santosh moved to New Zealand, he would qualify for funding under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme.

“This was estimated to be $17,000 per annum and he would be eligible for funding until he turned 21 years,” it said.

“This represented significant costs to New Zealand’s special education services.”

Santosh has a condition that had been identified as a spastic diplegic type with global developmental delay.

He had multiple problems, including an inability to walk or communicate and required assistance with daily activities.

A paediatrician noted that he would require physiotherapy and speech therapy, hearing aids and glasses, and would need 24-hour assistance.

“The family’s decision to migrate to New Zealand without him has given rise to his long-term separation from his immediate family,” the tribunal added.

“How the family now makes further arrangements for their disabled son is a matter they will need to address.”

It also deemed that there were no special circumstances to warrant consideration by the Minister of Immigration for an exception to residence instructions.

I’m glad immigration didn’t fall for it.

Of course, the Media party?are right into it, probably because they can try and label the government heartless.

But the bottom line is these ratbags have tried to game the system.

Rantykiwi correctly sums up the situation:

The gall of immigrants never ceases to amaze me. You leave your severely disabled son off your residency application, and then when you’re succeesfully settled in NZ try and bring him in under the family category and start bleating to all and sundry about how it’s “unfair” that NZ doesn’t want him. She then goes on to say:

As a mother, how can I choose one or the other, but I have been put in this impossible situation.

The answer is simple – she can move back to Nepal and be with her son. And if she won’t we should deport the entire family for getting residency under false pretences.

Export yourself people. You are liars at worst, forgetful at best.


– NZ Herald