13-Year Old Denied NZ Residency Because Of Autism

Immigration New Zealand’s decision to not allow a disabled 13-year old permanent residency is set to have the disability sector up in arms this week.

In simple terms, if you are not a New Zealand-born citizen and you have a disability, then you are not welcome to live here, at least in the eyes of the powers that be inside Immigration New Zealand.

Dimitri Leemans, a mathmatics professor at Auckland University, says he will leave New Zealand after his 13-year old stepson’s residency application was denied.

Young Peter Gourle, stepson of Leemans, suffers from Autism and because of his health needs, Immigration New Zealand declined the residency application for the 13-year old.

Immigration NZ says that according to specialists, Peter Gourle requires continues and structured residential care.

These services are already available in New Zealand, but according to Immigration, not for foreigners.

This comes after it was revealed that long time disability advocate Juliana Carvalho, a wheelchair user, is also battling to stay in New Zealand. Carvalho’s residency has been declined because of fears that she will “burden” the health system.