The Herald reports:
A couple’s age gap of nearly 40 years is being cited as one of the reasons Immigration New Zealand declined an Indian man’s visa application – a move he says is “ageist”.
Balwinder Singh, 22, met New Zealander Glyn Kessell, 59, at a hair salon in Glenfield last year.
The relationship started with texts, progressed to “intimacy” within three weeks and then marriage two months later.
And just by coincidence he wants residency?
I think Immigration should be suspicious of any marriage that occurs within three months of meeting. And it is not ageist to consider a difference in ages. It is common sense.
Immigration NZ area manager Michael Carley denied the decision was ageist or racist. It was made “after an extremely detailed and thorough assessment, which included visiting Mr Singh and his wife at their home and interviewing them both”.
“The couple got married after an uncommonly short three-month courtship. It was noted during a visit to the couple’s home that their living arrangement appeared to be akin to a boarding situation.”
He said Mr Singh could take the matter to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal should his appeal to Immigration NZ fail.
He might be deported if the tribunal decided against him.
But if this is true love, I am sure Ms Kessell will be happy to move to India so they can be together.