"That gives me the feeling that I don't exist. They don't notice me."
Many don't qualify for the visa and could leave New Zealand if they can't get one.
"This offers employers and visa holders the certainty they've been asking for."
"This was an attempt to fix the problem that has ended up resulting in creating massive divisions within the community."
Students finishing PhDs and with highly-paid job offers say they feel punished for studying because they aren't covered by the one-off visa.
The Immigration Minister provides answers.
Thousands of migrant workers stuck in visa limbo will soon have the chance to apply for fast-tracked residency.
To be eligible for the one-off visas, the applicant must already be in New Zealand and on a valid visa.
National says the decision is "absurd", given many teachers and doctors are still struggling to get residency here.