Last updated 10:16, April 20 2016
Immigration NZ has backed down, granting a visitor visa to an award-winning Iranian film director after calls for her initial denial to be reconsidered.
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, director of the documentary Sonita, planned to travel to New Zealand to attend the screening of her film at the Documentary Edge Film Festival next month. She was denied a visitor visa, considered by immigration officials a potential 'overstayer'.
In a statement this morning, Immigration NZ area manager Michael Carley said a visitor visa had been approved after a review of the application, and receipt of further information from Ghaemmaghami.
Immigration NZ have apologised to for the inconvenience caused to Ghaemmaghami.
Yesterday, film festival director Dan Shanan said New Zealand's reputation was damaged by the decision to deny Ghaemmaghami's visa.
More to come.
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