Author Archives: Simon Laurent, Lawyer

About Simon Laurent, Lawyer

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

Post-Study Work Visas – Change is A-Coming

  Every week or so, someone comes to us about their application for Work Visa based on a job which is meant to be related to their NZ qualification.  They have spent several years, and tens of thousands of dollars, … Continue reading

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Buying a Business – the Easy Way to Residence?

Umm, no, it isn’t.  Here’s why. This post was inspired by a Herald article just before Easter, about an Indian international student who bought a café franchise with a plan to use it to get a business visa.  He did … Continue reading

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In the News This Week: Partners and Overstayers

The importance of immigration to life in New Zealand is underscored by the amount of media attention it receives.  This week is no exception. Partnership Visas Still a Sore Point It started with my blog in February, which sparked some … Continue reading

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What’s on the Government’s Immigration Menu for 2018?

That’s really like asking what the weather will be like in Auckland tomorrow.  The new Labour-led coalition Government has only been in the chair for a few months, and the Minister himself has said little.  However, from a couple of sources … Continue reading

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SUCCESS STORY: IT Call Centre Staff Win Residence Appeals

In a series of decisions published in the last month or so, a large group of our clients had their declined Skilled Migrant Residence applications turned around by the Immigration & Protection Tribunal (IPT).  This is already producing a ripple … Continue reading

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“Kiwis First” – Labour Inherits Immigration Policy

In a June posting I predicted that the Labour Party’s promises to slash the numbers of migrants to New Zealand had already been trumped (excuse the expression) by policy changes introduced under the National-led Government.  That appears to have come … Continue reading

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Labour’s Immigration Policy – More Election Rhetoric

Yesterday the New Zealand Labour Party announced its immigration policy in the run-up to the September General Election.  As today’s interviewer on Morning Report picked up on, it appears Labour appears to be lining itself up alongside the xenophobic New … Continue reading

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