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The family arrived in Washington DC on Sunday in the last days of the US rescue mission from Kabul.
For more than four years, a young woman from Hamilton has wanted her siblings to join her in Afghanistan and her mother in New Zealand.
“Just waiting. Waiting more than four years. About five years,” he said.
He had family members. Applied for a visa, And they were told to wait.
“I don’t know how long.”
* Disappointed Afghans requested an immediate hearing on visa delays.
* The former Kiwi soldier says the Taliban are already preying on Afghan allies.
* New Zealanders were told to stay away from Kabul airport due to the threat of terrorism.
* Afghan allies fear they are no longer a priority for New Zealand’s evacuation.
Of The fall of Afghanistan in the hands of the Taliban He has only worsened the condition of his siblings. Some of his family members supported the Taliban, but his siblings did not.
She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not identified.
He did not follow the Taliban’s rules, so his siblings were now in hiding, unable to work in their normal jobs, and running out of money. The food was short, and Wi-Fi was expensive so they couldn’t talk often.
Now he waited so long that one of his passports was lost. The passport office was closed and any attempt to renew it would alert the Taliban anyway.
The woman said the banks were closed and she could not send money to her siblings even if she had some money.
She doesn’t have much hope of getting her siblings out of Afghanistan, but her mother sought help from the Community Law Center Vaikato.
His family is part of a. Groups that have sued in court. New Zealand authorities process visa applications.
As part of the case, there was an urgent hearing Monday night when a High Court judge rejected the plea of six Afghans waiting at or near Kabul International Airport to stay in New Zealand. Approve their long-awaited applications for entry visas.
Justice Francis Cook said he had to reject the application, citing the reasons involved. The opportunity for them to get out had already passed..
He admitted he was caught in Catch 22, and had a controversial issue, but politicians decided to focus on evacuating people who already had the right to enter New Zealand.
“This can be called an arbitrary cut-off, but tough decisions need to be made in such difficult situations,” the judge said.
Soo Moroni, chief executive of the Community Law Centers A. Otterwa, later said that the most likely way out of Afghanistan was to cross a border into a neighboring country and arrange transportation from there, so to apply for a visa. The case was still pending, even though the evacuations ended in Kabul.
The six whose cases were heard immediately were at or near Kabul International Airport, and had applied for residency between March 2018 and May 12 this year.
He was trying to board the last flight out of the United States, but was told he could not leave without a visa.
However, the judge said he was told that US authorities had stopped evacuating all but US citizens from Kabul.
The judge said that given the circumstances, no interim orders would have any realistic effect.
Under no circumstances does it order that six people be granted temporary visas. Most of all, he would have their cases decided immediately on humanitarian grounds.
“The fact is that applicants belong to a large group at human risk.”
As US troops prepared to withdraw, the Taliban took control of much of Afghanistan so that those who had helped the United States and its allies became anxious to leave for fear of Taliban retaliation. ۔
The judge was told that 600 expressions of interest had been received from Afghans seeking temporary admission.
“It has been decided to address the plight of these people in other ways,” the judge said.
Hopefully, they will find another way out of Afghanistan.
The judge was told that New Zealand authorities were processing applications to come to New Zealand if he was able and met the criteria.
The names of the six azans were suppressed.
The judge heard that visa applications were stopped 18 months ago because Coveid prevented 19 people from entering New Zealand during that time.
The Community Law Center Waiko Group either helped New Zealand forces in Afghanistan or single mothers were among the most dangerous mothers during the Taliban era.