Fraudsters and criminals are among those with permanent
residence status who are being deported or facing
In the 2010-11 period, 57 of those with residence permits had
their status revoked or had been issued with deportation
orders because of criminal offences or failing to meet
requirements imposed on their permits.
Last week, an Indian woman, Harleen Singh, 29, who came here
on a false passport in 2002, which she subsequently used to
obtain residence, citizenship and a New Zealand pass-port,
became the latest to face deportation.
"People wishing to make their future here must meet
immigration policy to become a resident, and that includes
telling the truth and being who they say they are,'' said
Steve Stuart, Immigration's general manager intelligence,
risk and integrity.
Harleen Singh returned to New Zealand using a different name
and a false passport after failing in earlier attempts to
live here under her birth name.
"Identity fraud is a major challenge for Immigration and is
not tolerated,'' Mr Stuart said. "We investigate and we
prosecute because the integrity of our immigration is
paramount, given its importance to New Zealand and our
Mr Stuart said residence often leads to citizenship and the
issuing of a New Zealand passport.
Last year, 24 individuals who had held residence were
Among them, two had their residence status revoked because
they had been procured by "fraud, forgery, false or
misleading representation'' and five were revoked because
"requirements imposed on their residence permits were not
Deportation orders under the Immigration Act 1987 were issued
to 37 whose criminal offending made them liable for
deportation, and 13 were issued with deportation liability
notices under the Immigration Act 2009, which came into force
in November 2009.
More than 30 have still not been deported because appeal
processes have to run their course, and criminal offenders
are also usually not deported until they have completed their
The UK was the largest source country for permanent residents
last year, with 6549 or 16 per cent, followed by China 5262
(13 per cent) and India 4218 (10 per cent).
Out the door
Permanent residents being deported 2010-2011:
37 faced deportation orders under Immigration Act 1987.
13 faced deportation liability under Immigration Act 2009.
2 residence permits revoked because they had been procured by
5 residence status revoked because of failure to meet
24 of the above have been deported; others going through
Source: Immigration New Zealand
- Lincoln Tan of the NZ Herald