Hundreds queue overnight for residency visa medicals

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People are sleeping on the streets in overnight queues to get their health checks done for the one-off residency visa opening for applications next month.

Many clinics that offer the immigration medical assessment are booked out, with one in Auckland CBD turning away a hundred people a day.

The New Zealand Government announced the one-off 2021 Residency Visa in September last year, a silver lining for the estimated 165,000 migrants in the country, many of whom have had their residency dreams caught up in a Covid-19 backlog and recent immigration policy changes.

The first round of applications opened on December 1 for migrants who had filed for residency earlier. A second round for all other eligible applicants opens on March 1 and closes on July 31.

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