Successful business owners fail residency test but drug dealer passes

? RNZ / Eva Corlett La Vista owner Nataliya Shchetkova.

The difference in the treatment of residency applications for the owners of a restaurant and the drug dealer Karel Sroubek leaves most of us scratching our heads. quote.

The owners of a popular restaurant in Auckland’s St Heliers are facing an uncertain future after Immigration New Zealand rejected their application for residency.

The Ukrainian Shchetkova family arrived in New Zealand six years ago on a long-term business visa to develop a large restaurant.

That required a detailed plan, with specific targets to meet – it must be worth at least $500,000, turn a profit and employ a minimum three full-time staff.

But the restaurant they had their eye on was sold before they arrived. Still, they came with their three children, and found another worth $700,000 – La Vista. Soon after, their twins were born.

Nataliya Shchetkova said she notified Immigration NZ of the changes and asked what they needed to do to make a new plan for their visa.

The immigration officer asked for new figures but told her a new plan was not required. Their accountant supplied the new figures.

“Straight away, two weeks later, we got our passports back with the label and it was written La Vista restaurant, so we supposed our visa was approved.”

However, Immigration NZ (INZ) declined their residency saying their new business was not approved and was not considered to be of “significant value to New Zealand”.? End of quote.


What is going on at Immigration NZ? Public perception is that drug dealers and wife beaters have an easy ride while hard-working immigrants, who run successful businesses and who provide employment for Kiwis, have nothing but barriers put in their way.

While we are on the subject, what about the drain on our tax system by elderly immigrants who come here, not to work and pay taxes but to be supported by their families who have achieved residency. It does not matter that they have made no personal tax contributions; after 10 years they collect the pension. This is a loophole in the immigration law that needs attention. In the meantime this income producing family is shown the door after six years of paying taxes.

Dollars to doughnuts, Sroubek?s accountant, if he has one, could not produce figures that justify his ?significant value to New Zealand?, but Ms Shchetkova?s family know how to run a successful restaurant. Quote.

Over the years, the family has worked hard to extend the restaurant from 40 seats to 70, employed more staff and plans were in the works to expand it further.

It turned over $1.6 million last year and employs 26 people – 17 of which are full-time.? End of quote.

Is there something that Immigration NZ is not telling us or is this yet another Iain Lees-Galloway stuff up?