Author Archives: James Turner, Senior Solicitor

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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Getting Residence under the Skilled Migrant category

For some wealthy applicants who possess funds they are willing to invest in New Zealand, $3 million NZD (for the Investor 2 category) or at least $10 million NZD (for the Investor 1 category) the migrant investor categories present an … Continue reading

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Acquiring New Zealand citizenship

Although it often receives less attention compared to Residence and Temporary Visa categories, acquiring New Zealand citizenship is the final stage in the immigration journey for many. New Zealand citizenship enables the holder to do the following: Live in New … Continue reading

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Residence, Permanent Residence and Citizenship

Many people often ask the difference between Residence and Permanent Residence Visa status. Both enable the holder to remain in New Zealand permanently, but there is an important difference. The holder of a Residence Visa is able to Travel to … Continue reading

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Information Requests – a Key Tool for Immigration Professionals

The Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1993 (“the OIA and the Privacy Act”) are important pieces of legislation in the New Zealand immigration context.  With their help, applicants for Visas can get a copy of file information … Continue reading

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