Gujarati in New Zealand reunited with family after

An illegal Indian immigrant,who spent the last 23 years in New Zealand,separated from his wife and son,was finally reunited with his family after being allowed to stay on in the country.

Melbourne | Published:March 29, 2009 1:10 am

An illegal Indian immigrant,who spent the last 23 years in New Zealand,separated from his wife and son,was finally reunited with his family after being allowed to stay on in the country.

Abdul Jalil Patel from Gujarat had emigrated to New Zealand in 1986 with the hope of obtaining a citizenship,but his immigration consultant misplaced his passport and failed to submit his residency application. An “illegal alien”,Patel spent the next 23 years working,sometimes illegally,in the hospitality industry,as a bartender or chef,the New Zealand Herald reported.

After his first immigration consultant went missing,Patel found himself in a position where he could not leave the country and brought the matter to the attention of the Office of Ombudsmen,the Herald said.

Patel,who was reunited with his family in Auckland on Friday,was granted residency after a last-ditch appeal to the Immigration Minister,Shane Jones,last September. “I thought I would be going to my grave without ever seeing them again,” Patel said. The Patels finally got residency as an exception to policy.

“We are really so happy to be a complete family again,” Patel’s son Salman (24) told the paper.

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