Thousands of overseas-born parents and grandparents are waiting for news on if and when they can apply for residence, Newshub reports. Almost 9000 families are waiting for the government to restart parent category applications. Elena Zueva, 67, was visiting her daughter here at the start of 2020 when the pandemic broke out. Her visitor visa expires soon, but she says she has nothing left for her in Russia. She volunteers at Auckland charities including BirdCare Aotearoa and the Grey Lynn hospice shop and said parents were not a burden. “I’m not asking for anything, just allow me to stay here. I am giving to the government – I don’t need their help.”