Having NZ children no bar to overstayers being kicked out
By Lincoln Tan
4:00 AM Monday May 24, 2010

Illegal immigrants have been warned they can still face removal from this country even if they have New Zealand-born children.

The best interests of a New Zealand-citizen youngster do not necessarily determine whether the parents can stay here, says the Removal Review Authority in a new decision.

Having a child who is a New Zealand citizen does not give them a right to reside or remain in this country, says the head of Immigration New Zealand, Nigel Bickle.

He said the agency did not have figures on how many parents with New Zealand-citizen children had been removed or deported, because no statistics were kept on the matter.

Children born in New Zealand before 2006 received automatic citizenship, but now at least one parent has to be either a New Zealand citizen or resident for them to acquire citizenship.

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