New Zealand Grants Residency Visa to Protect Trans Woman from Hate Crime in United Kingdom

On September 17, New Zealand’s Immigration and Protection Tribunal granted an anonymous “transgender woman from the United Kingdom” a residency visa upon finding that deportation would be “unduly harsh” considering it would mean a return to “the very same, toxic environment” which caused the individual “severe mental health issues.”

“As part of her appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, she submitted medical records from 2004 to 2009 that traced her depression, anxiety, and inability to cope in public. She also provided 20 reports on the prevalence of transphobic hate crimes in the UK, and their low rate of prosecution.”

Trans woman granted NZ residency to protect her from hate crime in the UK