Author Archives: Simon Laurent, Lawyer

About Simon Laurent, Lawyer

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

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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Can I Still Come to New Zealand?

For most overseas people, the answer is “No”. The border is closed to contain the spread of Covid-19. But there are some exceptions, and you might qualify. In particular, I will talk about requests to come in on humanitarian grounds, … Continue reading

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Immigration has Caught a Virus Too

And it’s a virus of confusion. This is nobody’s fault. Two weeks ago – if you can remember back that far – the way that business got done was pretty familiar. Suddenly we are in a different world of isolation … Continue reading

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It’s Business as Usual at Laurent Law

While everyone gets settled into their new daily lives, with a lot of unanswered questions at this stage, we would like to assure you that Laurent Law is continuing to operate as normal. If you have any questions or concerns … Continue reading

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Is INZ Trying to Deter Refugees?

In recent months, Immigration New Zealand has required asylum seekers to get Medical and Police Certificates, when they apply for visas to work here while their claim is considered.  As explained in a TVNZ report this week, these requirements used … Continue reading

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Arranged Marriages and Partner Visas

Following concerted protests from the Indian community in particular, and intervention from the Prime Minister, Immigration agreed to review the rules on Culturally Arranged Marriages (“CAM”) to allow overseas partners to get visas.  The new visa Instructions came out yesterday, … Continue reading

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Visa Reconsiderations – a Second Chance

Last year I highlighted a change to the rules around Interim Visas which gave people more opportunities to contest declined visa applications.  Since then, we have had increased demand for us to handle reconsideration of a refused visa. Reconsiderations are available for most temporary visa … Continue reading

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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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