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12-year-old Filipino girl barred from living with her parents in New Zealand due to her autism

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  • A 12-year-old girl from the Philippines, Arianna Alfonzo, has been denied a visa to New Zealand due to her autism.
  • New Zealand’s immigration policies limit the entry of people with disabilities or illnesses based on an evaluation of “high-cost” medical conditions.
  • Although both of her parents have residency status in New Zealand, Alfonzo has been living with her mother in the Philippines since her father moved to work in New Zealand six years ago.
  • Alfonzo’s application for a visitor visa was denied in 2018.
  • New Zealand Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March requested last year that Associate Immigration Minister Phil Twyford intervene on Alfonzo’s behalf; however, the request was denied.

Despite both of her parents having residency status in New Zealand, a 12-year-old girl from the Philippines has been denied entry due to her autism.

Arianna Alfonzo has lived in the Philippines apart from her father while he has worked in New Zealand for the past six years. In 2018, Arianna’s application for a visitor visa was rejected after it was determined that she did not meet “acceptable standards of health.”