Family's lie to Immigration New Zealand results in deportation to China
A New Zealand-born girl is to be deported to China after her mother was caught out in an immigration lie.
The child's mother, Dongmei Wu, failed to tell Immigration New Zealand she had a partner and child in China - a point which would have made her ineligible for a resident visa.
Wu and her parents moved to New Zealand in July 2010, to live with a sister already in the country.
Her partner, Wen Zhong, and the couple's one-year-old child moved in September of the same year, initially on visitor visas.
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He later secured a work visa and the child obtained a student visa.
The couple married in October 2012 and their second child was born, a New Zealand citizen, in March 2015.
However in 2013 the Minister of Immigration determined Wu and her parents were only granted visas because they had hidden information about the relationship.
In April 2014 the family was issued with a deportation notice.
When Zhong went to apply for a futher work visa he was also issued with a deportation notice.
The family appealed the rulings because there was "exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian nature" – the couple's New Zealand-born child.
The parents' appeal was successful but Wu, Zhong and their children were unsuccessful.
The Immigration and Protection Tribunal was unsatisfied that there was "exceptional humanitarian circumstances".
It said that it was not convinced that "given time, [they would] be able to re-establish themselves in China".
The family went to the Court of Appeal appealing the High Court of Auckland decision saying the humanitarian circumstances of the case had not been fully considered.
It was found that the family had not met the threshold to appeal its case.
According to the New Zealand Law Society, the 2014/2015 Immigration and Protection Tribunals report highlighted that 69 percent of appeals against deportation by non-residents were declined, and 56 percent of appeals made by residents were also declined.