NZ Immigration Minister defends ruling of "culturally arranged" visa

Latest - Magic Talk 13/11/2019

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway joins Ryan Bridge to defend the Government's decision to issue visas for culturally arranged marriages.

Earlier this year, Immigration New Zealand adopted a tougher policy on the partnership visa category. To be eligible, couples must have lived together, making it hard for those with arranged marriages to bring their spouses to New Zealand.

The ruling sparked anger in the Indian community, who said current partnership visa rules disadvantage those who come from cultures that practise arranged marriages.

Today, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced a u-turn on the ruling, but says this is not "special treatment".

It simply facilitates people who have been married in the usual practice for their culture to be able to bring their spouse to NZ,

he shared on Magic Talk Drive with Ryan Bridge.

He says the ruling is not limited to one particular culture, but it must be demonstrated in a recognised cultural practice. 

You can listen to the full interview with him above.