New Zealand Immigration Chase For Tongan Criminals

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The officials of  New Zealand Immigration are  currently working  to verify the  list of names of some Tongan Nationals who  might be staying illegally in New Zealand following the wiping out  by the  Tongan authorities of their  criminal convictions.

The New Zealand Immigration was given a list by the Tongan authorities indicating 172 names of Tongan Nationals.

Grant O’ Fee, a Tongan Police Commissioner has divulged that some Tongan police wrote letters to  the  immigration  officials of New Zealand indicating that some  of the visa applicants had  no criminal records, but as  a matter of fact, they had been convicted  of some crimes.

The officials of the New Zealand Immigration are currently checking the information and names listed because of the possibility of duplicate records.

The procedure involves matching pertinent information like dates of birth and names to ensure that the list is correct.

According to the spokesman this procedure is being done as a top priority and they are hoping to work on  with an accurate master list.

The New Zealand Immigration is being watchful to the names indicated in the list. A compliance action locating the  5 Tongans who are illegally staying in New Zealand, has already been implemented.

This includes determining their possible whereabouts or addresses, visiting their possible residences and evaluating the possibility for deportation .

The New Zealand Immigration has already started  screening all citizens of Tongan who intend to go to New Zealand against the names of 172 individuals. No one in the list has been caught attempting to enter New Zealand.

The immigration will be looking for other  alternatives  to guarantee  that robust systems are implemented regarding  application of  visa processing.

Currently,  work and residence  visa applications  require  a police certificate, however  this is not   mandated for  visitor visa and other types of short term visa .

Woodhouse also stated that he was really  concern  about the  situation  and had requested  the   New Zealand Immigration to give priority in searching for Tongan nationals who     have committed some crimes and should not stay in New Zealand.