NZ gives reprieve to Pinoy dairy workers in visa scams
Filipino dairy workers implicated in visa scams in New Zealand have been given a reprieve by their host country's government, allowing them to continue working there, online reports said.
A report on Radio New Zealand quoted Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse as saying that covered by the reprieve are Filipinos who confess to falsifying information about their work experience in their CVs to acquire a visa but otherwise have good records.
Woodhouse said reprieve is likely to be given to Filipinos who have "worked well on the farm while they're here, [have] made good connections in the community, and have admitted to their initial infraction."
However, he cautioned that success in new visa applications is not guaranteed, as the Filipinos have to meet other standards like health and character requirements.
The report also quoted Filipino Dairy Workers Association chair Earl Magtiby as saying that the reprieve would be a relief to many workers who had feared being deported.
In a separate report on Stuff.co.nz, Southland Filipino Society chairman Socrates Mallar welcomed the announcement, saying it would be a big help to Filipinos depending on work in farms.
"People are no longer in limbo. There are some people who have been worried," Mallar said.
Data cited by Stuff.co.nz from Immigration New Zealand indicated that there are 1,900 Filipinos in the dairy industry on temporary visas, 420 of whom are based in Southland. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News