I'm a gay man from a country where it is not legal to be gay and i wanted to seek refuge in New Zealand but the borders

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Customer: Hey I'm a gay man from a country where it is not legal to be gay and i wanted to seek refuge in New Zealand but the borders are closed due to covid-19. One of the reasons which people can grant access to NZ right now is ' humanitarian reasons ' and i was wondering if that includes people like me. One more question, if i left my home country to a different country and then to NZ will i still be able to seek refuge in NZ? Does residing in a different country prior to NZ will prevent me from becoming a refugee in NZ?
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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There are some refugees being permitted in New Zealand on humanitarian grounds, and your situation could qualify. It doesnt matter if you have left your country of origin and apply from somewhere else, but you need to show that you would only be safe in New Zealand

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Please tell me how can i be there during these times? Don't they say I have to make my claim in person?
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You can fly here and claim refugee status when you arrive. You will still need to quarantine for 14 days and go through the application process.

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But aren't the borders closed right now?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

They are, so you while some refugees have been accepted, they arranged this in advance as part of a group. Your situation is different, and you may have trouble being given even a visitor visa. When the borders open you would have more chance of success
Customer
The country I'm from can go to NZ without visa
Customer
For i think 90 or 30 days
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By borders are closed does that mean i can't even make the flight from my country to there? Or it means that i will get to the border but they'll make me leave?
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The airline won’t let you travel unless you have permission so you won’t get on the plane. You may need to negotiate humanitarian exceptions before you fly
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How can i do that? You mean submit a request to the government itself? Or is there some specific organization that could help me legally from within NZ
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In the link I posted there is the contact for the Refugee office so I suggest you contact them first
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Sorry, where did you post the link ?
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Oh nvm you mean my other question
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Hi
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Ok, can you please advise me on what to do now? I don't know what to do and i don't know what exactly I'm dealing with : ( like should i just give up
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Contact the Refugee Office and discuss with them. Possibly you may need to wait until the borders open
Customer
I'm scared i don't want to spend another year in here but i can only speak English other than my language and NZ will be easier for me since it also doesn't require visa from here and i don't have much money
Customer
How do you recommend approaching them? Like what to say and what not to say?
Customer
Sorry I'm just trying to make the most of contacting you because i really really need some legal gaudiness right now
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Be open with a hem about the reason you need to apply, that being a gay man on your home country could be dangerous for you
Customer
I had left my job when i decided to go ( not knowing about the borders situation ) should i include that?
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be open and frank about your situation
Customer
Does the country which an asylum seeker came from affect the overall acceptance of the claim? Or it doesn't matter? ( As long as the country against LGBTQ minority, of course )
Customer
Sorry, i promise this the last question
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Which country is it?

Customer
I am from Saudi Arabia
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

That may help-its well known that they are intolerant

Customer
Thank you, Sir!
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For you time and patience : )
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Glad to help
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