Author Archives: James Turner, Senior Solicitor

What is an “exception to Instructions” and could this help me?

The detailed rules that Immigration Officers must apply to decide New Zealand Visa applications are found in the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual. These are called “Immigration Instructions”. As Immigration Lawyers it is our knowledge of these detailed Immigration Instructions … Continue reading

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Partnership applications: the requirement to be living together

The Lawyers at Laurent Law are frequently asked to assist with bringing a partner to New Zealand. Now the New Zealand border is gradually re-opening, many family members including partners of New Zealanders are able to be reunited in New … Continue reading

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The situation in Ukraine: can I help my family?

The world has been shocked by the terrible things that Russia is inflicting upon Ukraine. Even though New Zealand is a long distance away, we are not immune from the impact. For example, the war in Ukraine has been given … Continue reading

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Can I support my partner for a Residence Visa if I have supported someone else for a Residence Visa before?

The issue Sometimes at Laurent Law we meet people who have supported someone for a Residence Visa in the past, but later enter into a new relationship with a different person and want to sponsor this other person for a … Continue reading

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The importance of understanding your Work Visa conditions

If you hold a Work Visa, it is very important to make sure you work in line with the conditions on your Visa. Some types of Work Visa are “open” ie. they allow the holder to work for any employer … Continue reading

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Visa Exclusion Issues

James Turner talks about Exclusion Issues in his latest Video Blog. An Exclusion is a situation in which a person is excluded from New Zealand. This means the person is not eligible to be granted a visa or entry permission … Continue reading

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Essential Skills Work Visas

James Turner discusses Essential Skills Work Visas in his latest video blog. This is the main type of visa for people who have a job offer and want to work in New Zealand. This allows people from outside New Zealand … Continue reading

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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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