Request multiple information for stranded immigrants currently working remotely and a pathway for them to come back home

Layeeq Baig made this Official Information request to Kris Faafoi

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Kris Faafoi should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Layeeq Baig

Dear Kris Faafoi,

Request information on the following at the earliest.

1. Are you please able to substantiate the reasons and documentation which led to stipulating the dates of a work visa holder who had left NZ between 1st December 2019-9th October 2020 to apply for a Request to Travel?
2. When is the next update of the above dates to occur as it has already been 9 months? If not why are the dates not to be extended such that a worker who had left NZ after 9th October 2020 and still working in the same job can apply to come back home.
3. Is immigration aware of the number of people still remotely working for their NZ organisations while the borders are still closed for them to come back? Are you able to provide the numbers of such workers?
4. For any workers who are currently working remotely for their accredited employer with a Work to Residence work visa and are not able to return due the stipulated dates above, what are their options of coming back home?
5. For any workers who are currently working remotely for their accredited employer, who have applied for their residency and are not able to return due the stipulated dates above, what are their options of coming back home?
6. With MIQs full until November 2021 and any policy change of extending the aforementioned dates in pt1. above will still not give the workers enough time to come back home, then should the work visas not be extended since they are still working in the same job and paying taxes?

Yours faithfully,
Layeeq Baig

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From: K Faafoi (MIN)
Kris Faafoi

Kia ora,

On behalf of Hon Kris Faafoi, thank you for your email. 

While the Minister considers all correspondence to be important, and all
messages are carefully read and considered, it is not always possible to
personally reply to all emails.  As such, the following guidelines apply:

·        Invitations and meeting requests will be processed as soon as
possible and a staff member will be in contact with you in due course

·        All media queries will be responded to by a staff member

·        Requests for official information will be managed in accordance
with the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982, which may
include transfer to a more relevant Minister or agency

·        If your email falls outside of the Minister’s portfolio
responsibilities, expresses a personal view, or is copied to multiple
Members of Parliament, then your opinion will be noted and your
correspondence may be transferred to another office, or there may be no
further response to you

Thank you for the taking the time to write.

Nga mihi,

Office of Hon Kris Faafoi

Minister of Justice, Minister of Immigration, Minister for Broadcasting
and Media

Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand

Authorised by Hon Kris Faafoi MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011

 

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