One illegal slip can get you into hot immigration waters
Hindsight, it is often said, is a great thing.
When we take stock of events and developments, many things that were not apparent at the time of their occurrence come to light.
Such introspection may necessitate changes to our line of thinking, policy and practice.
Hindsight is a process whereby we become witnesses rather than participants. We become better equipped to see the play before us with a “big picture” perspective. As you consider events, the play absorbs you into its realm, making you subjective rather than objective. That is the nature of things.
Even though we may feel sorry for those who have been harmed by illegal actions, we cannot be party to the actions of those who are greedy, egotistic and wanting to outdo others. It is their choice. We must simply watch and get on with it.
We should also have an understanding that these people probably have a way of justifying their actions. This understanding and approach can make you stronger. Lucky are those who have such wisdom in and around them. We can only be grateful for the divine intervention, the love of our creator evident in this wisdom.
Those going through immigration challenges and struggles must not lose their perspective or objectives and become victims of their actions.
Potential immigrants, and those involved in the application process, should not forget that there is a larger world out there and the outcome of the immigration process is not the end of all things.
Empowerment is needed through these times and empowering migrants through good advice is what we do. Our firm, IDESI LEGAL, with offices in Auckland and in Wellington, is here to help with difficult immigration cases.
Bribes, concealing facts or providing false documents (or agreeing to all these illegal activities) are not the way forward. Dubious deals and dishonesty will only cause more troubles, leading to the decline of applications and even longer-term consequences.
Many people living in developing countries are so desperate to get to New Zealand that they are prepared to go to any extent to achieve their objective. Their goals may be worthwhile, but it is important that the means to achieving it are fair, just and subject to scrutiny: not illegal.
It would be wrong to assume that ‘no one will find out,’ for the long arm of the law reaches out sooner or later – and then it is too late to mend things.