The number of new residents to New Zealand is the lowest it has been in nearly two decades and it has earned the ire of the immigration industry.
The industry alleges that 'Trump-style extreme vetting' is being put in place aimed at keeping a lid on immigration numbers. June Ranson, chairwoman of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment, aired her suspicion on this.
“[The process] just drags out the [migrants’] application, so you wonder if there are ulterior motives to it.” She told Radio NZ.
Other immigration advisers and lawyers have echoed Ms. Ranson’s suspicions, and said that changes to Immigration NZ’s practices are behind the delay in residency applications.
Richard Small, an immigration lawyer, says that there is a growing culture of “extreme vetting” similar to what is happening in the United States right now.
Immigration New Zealand denies there is an attempt to slow down visa processing, but people wanting to move here say they are facing many hurdles.