Author Archives: James Turner, Senior Solicitor

Section 61 Requests

My latest video blog explains what constitutes a legal status in New Zealand. I also talk us through the meaning and consequences of an illegal status and the options available to those with an unlawful status.

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Keeping Mum and Dad in New Zealand

For some time, New Zealand has had an immigration policy which allows migrants to sponsor their parents for Residence. This has been viewed as a way to attract and retain migrants, critical for New Zealand’s economy. However allowing migrants to … Continue reading

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Common situations involving deportation liability

Liability for deportation under the Immigration Act 2009 can arise in a number of situations. If a person becomes liable for deportation, they can be served a deportation liability notice and then a deportation order. After a deportation order has … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Faking it in a Visa Application

Do you have have something you do not want INZ to know about, for example a criminal conviction or a health condition? If so, you may feel tempted not to tell INZ about this, or to be dishonest when answering … Continue reading

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Can I give up (renounce) my New Zealand citizenship?

We have been approached by a few clients recently who have expressed a wish to give up (“renounce”) their New Zealand citizenship. Why would someone want to renounce their New Zealand citizenship? Wanting to renounce New Zealand citizenship can seem … Continue reading

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Bringing your cat or dog to New Zealand

Usually here at Laurent Law we assist human beings with their immigration questions, concerns and problems, but you may be interested to know there is also quite a detailed process for cats and dogs to be able to come to … Continue reading

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Immigration – again a hot topic in the lead up to the General election

New Zealand will hold a General Election on 19 September 2020 and the date is approaching fast. Political parties are positioning themselves in order to win votes, including on the issue of immigration. The New Zealand First party says it … Continue reading

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Hitting the books – NZ Student Visas

New Zealand is a popular study destination for many. New Zealand education providers generally have a good reputation and offer a quality learning experience. Attractive weather and lifestyle in New Zealand contributes to an enjoyable student environment and often completes … Continue reading

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Covid-19 – Upcoming Changes to Immigration Law

As we write, new law relating to Immigration is being discussed in Parliament. Once it has passed through Parliament and has received the Royal Assent, the Immigration (Covid-19 Response) Amendment Bill will make major changes to New Zealand Immigration Law. … Continue reading

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Limited evidence partnership applications

Can I get my partner a Visa if we have not lived together or have only lived together for a short period of time? What if we met online? A New Zealand citizen or resident can support their applicant overseas … Continue reading

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