New Zealand Grants Terminally Ill Fijian Residency Status

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Decision comes after deported man dies back in Fiji

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 31, 2014) – A 59-year-old Fijian woman living in Auckland with stage four breast cancer whose visitors' visa expires next month has been granted residency by the New Zealand Government.

NZ Herald reports the decision will allow Ashia Begum to be surrounded by her loved ones.

The decision was approved by Associate Immigration Minister Nikki Kaye who last month chose not to intervene in the case of Sanil Kumar who died at the Lautoka Hospital this week after being denied a kidney transplant because he was deported as his New Zealand visa had expired.

Kaye "decided Mrs Begam's case was stronger", the report said.

Begam has been in New Zealand since 2009, has had applications for two residency visas and one work visa declined. Her children and grandchildren are New Zealand citizens or residents, and her husband is in New Zealand on a work visa.

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