MP seeks review of chef's file

19:11, Jul 22 2014
Ravindra Naidu
BIG BATTLE: Qualified chef Ravindra Naidu has spent over $4000 in a bid to remain in New Zealand and could still face deportation.

Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew has asked Immigration New Zealand to review the file of Fijian chef Ravindra Naidu, who wants to work in Timaru.

Naidu has been in a state of limbo for the past 15 months after he was found to be in breach of his 2013 work visa.

After being told to leave New Zealand, he put in a Humanitarian Appeal Against Deportation with the Immigration Protection Tribunal (IPT). The outcome of his appeal will take up to 12 months.

Naidu met Goodhew last week after The Timaru Herald published his story.

Goodhew said she had talked through Naidu's options with him and had also asked INZ to review his file.

"We are awaiting a response in regards to this review which is currently taking place. Ravindra's IPT appeal is not jeopardised in any way by this review."

Naidu came to Timaru to visit his sister in December 2012. While holidaying here, a cyclone tore through Fiji, affecting tourism and his job at a golf resort.

With a chef shortage in Timaru, Naidu found work easily, initially part-time at the South Canterbury Returned and Services Association. When he contacted INZ to tell them he had found a fulltime position he was told he was in breach of his work visa and had to stop work immediately.


The Timaru Herald