4 comments on “The controversial Avianca Bohm

  1. Miss Universe’s requirements are pretty simple — if you’re issued a passport by the country you represent, then you qualify. In Venus’ case a couple of years ago, her being issued a passport by the Philippines State Department was and should have been a no-brainer — her mom was a Filipino, hence, she had every right to have a Philippine passport through the jus sanguinis principle provided for by the Philippine constitution. Only BPCI through their idiotic logic refused to see it that way. Thank heavens sanity and the rule of law prevailed and Venus got her passport.

    Avianca’s case is somewhat DIFFERENT from Venus, however. Avianca, as I understand it, immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand just recently and although she’s a legal resident of NZ, she hasn’t quite met the residency requirement of 5 years to become a NZ citizen, which means there is no legal ground for her to obtain a NZ passport. This means she won’t qualify to represent NZ under MU’s rules.

    HOWEVER (and there is another “however” in Avianca’s case), New Zealand’s immigration laws also provide for cases where the Minister of Internal Affairs is able to grant citizenship to a person who has “exceptional circumstances” (hello, Avianca) on a case-by-case basis if it meets the public’s interest, The exceptional circumstances requirement is very difficult to meet (unless of course you’re a stunning 22yo blonde with a name like Avianca). According to NZ’s immigration law, “the public interest requirement means that the granting of citizenship must provide some “advantage” or “benefit” to New Zealand” and in which case, citizenship can be granted. Whether this rule applies to Avianca, we’ll have to wait and see.

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