Author Archives: Simon Laurent, Lawyer

About Simon Laurent, Lawyer

Principal of LaurentLaw Barristers & Solicitors. NZ immigration law specialist.

Please, How Can I Help My Family?

We get this question a lot. In particular, we field requests from New Zealand Residents or Citizens about how to bring their relatives to NZ from the home country. We often have to say that there is nothing to be … Continue reading

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A Ban is a Ban – Unless it’s Not

There is a nasty little rule in the Immigration Act , which has given a lot of people grief and trouble in the past. It says that you cannot be granted a visa if you have “at any time, been … Continue reading

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Can Immigration Search Your Phone?

This is an issue of data privacy and fishing expeditions by officials. The message is “be careful, and know your rights”. Our firm has been doing Partner visa applications for a long time. The couple needs to show that they … Continue reading

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Here It Comes – the New Work Visa Regime

Way back in February 2019 we alerted people to Immigration’s plans to overhaul employer-assisted Work Visa policy. The essential features of the scheme were laid out by Sahar Shamia in a more recent blog in February this year. On 7 … Continue reading

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Help Your Lawyer to Help You

Believe it or not, there are some good reasons why you should make your lawyer’s life easier. If it saves them time, it could save you money. And even if it doesn’t, doing your part to remove obstacles to them … Continue reading

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Take Your Partners – the Visa Exemption Two-Step

If you are in a committed relationship with a New Zealander, you can get an exemption to be allowed to enter on a visa.  Is it easy?  It depends.  Not all partners are created equal. EOI and ITA The general … Continue reading

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Opportunity Knocks – But Is New Zealand Answering?

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating economic mayhem internationally, and New Zealand is not immune. At the same time, the international crisis has made this country an increasingly desirable destination – especially to wealthy foreign investors. But there is real danger … Continue reading

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Work Visas – the Moving Playing Field

Among all the noise about the NZ border closure, the separation of families, and the difficulties in getting into the country, some dramatic changes to Work Visa settings have sneaked up on us. One Threshold to Rule Them All Since … Continue reading

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Character Waivers for New Zealand

Everyone applying for a NZ visa must prove that they are of good character. Simon Laurent talks about some of the pitfalls, and what you can do to get out of them.

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New Zealand Investor Residence

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