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    Gay ban bad for GP shortage - 11-Jun-2005
    A doctor-starved area on the southern edge of Sydney will miss out on getting a British general practitioner because of the Federal Government's immigration policy on same-sex couples.
    An English doctor who was to have joined a practice in Helensburgh has backed out of the job after immigration authorities told him of additional visa requirements for his male partner.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Sydney Morning Herald
    New Zealand reduces immigration waiting period for gay couples - 5-May-2005
    Same-sex couples wishing to immigrate to New Zealand will now have to prove they have been together for one year rather than two, the same as heterosexual couples.
    Many countries around the world are expanding their benefits to same-sex couples in order to comply with international human rights covenants. Yet in most cases, immigration rules apply differently for same-sex and opposite sex couples. On April 26, the Civil Union Act took effect in New Zealand, prompting the change in waiting time. Additionally, HIV status is not included as a determining factor in the immigration process.

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    NZ haven for gay immigrants - 24-Apr-2005
    Other countries put up barriers, but from Tuesday, NZ's new relationship laws will join immigration rules in treating everyone the same.
    New Zealand is earning an international reputation among prospective immigrants in same-sex relationships as a gay-friendly country.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Sunday Star Times

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