Author Archives: Simon Laurent, Lawyer

About Simon Laurent, Lawyer

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

Why is there a Visa Glacier?

We’ve seen a big slow-down across the board in the speed of processing applications for New Zealand Visas.  Employers claim that, when it takes several months to be able to hire migrants, this does significant harm to their businesses with lost … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Visas for Restaurant Managers

Last week, Immigration New Zealand refused a request by the hospitality industry to add Café and Restaurant Managers to its Immediate Shortages List (“ISSL”).  This is despite the claim that most employers have real difficulty in finding people to fill … Continue reading

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Parent Visas – Hurry Up and Wait

Since mid-2018 the Government has made noises about reopening the Parent Residence category from time to time.  The Minister of Immigration at the NZAMI Conference in August 2018 said that his people would be looking at it soon.  Then Immigration … Continue reading

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Work Visas on the Move (Again)

Just before Christmas (possibly strategic timing in light of criticism he faced in the last few months) the Minister of Immigration announced a scheme to overhaul the entire employer assisted Work Visa system.  The proposals are set out in a detailed … Continue reading

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Rowdy Tourists Facing Deportation

I was interviewed yesterday by Newshub about the Irish visitors who are at the centre of a media storm owing to their antics from Auckland to Hamilton.  They have been served Deportation Liability Notices (“DLN”s) and are apparently planning to leave.  … Continue reading

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Migrant Exploitation – a Clear and Present Danger for Employees

  In the last couple of years – and especially since the Labour Government took office last year – both Immigration New Zealand and the MBIE Labour Inspectorate have upscaled their efforts to find and punish employers who misuse the … Continue reading

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Interim Visas -More Breathing Space

At the end of August, Immigration New Zealand made some simple but significant changes to the way that Interim Visas work.  This has injected some humanity and common sense into a process which was, until now, producing some poor outcomes … Continue reading

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