Author Archives: Sahar Shamia

Success Story: Love prevails

Seven months ago, a young couple approached us from overseas after their hopes of living together in NZ were almost crushed. Immigration NZ’s assumptions and failure to keep an open mind when assessing the partnership application resulted in them making … Continue reading

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Success Story: Avoiding Deportation and Family Separation

The year 2020 has been the most challenging in decades. With all the covid-19 issues of 2020, I believe there is nothing better to share than a success story of uniting a couple after Immigration NZ (“INZ”) almost tore the … Continue reading

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Family Separation v Travel Exemption

As we know, the New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. There are some exemptions to the closure: If you qualify as someone to whom the border closure does not … Continue reading

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Unlawful children and their right to attend school

There are various reasons why parents or caregivers cannot renew their visas. As a result, they have become unlawful in New Zealand, and their children become unlawful as well. We have come across situations where parents’ visas have expired because … Continue reading

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Essential Skills Work Visas under Covid-19

Covid-19, no doubt, has significantly impacted many sectors of the New Zealand economy because of the border closures and travel restrictions. What does this mean for the New Zealand employer, and how will Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) approach Essential Work … Continue reading

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Residence from Work (Accredited Employer) Visas – What has changed?

On 7 October 2019, the Government announced changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visas (“Talent Work Visa”). These have raised questions about how this will impact applicants’ eligibility under the Residence from Work Category: The annual salary has increased … Continue reading

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INZ’s Absurd Accusations in Character Assessments

We have recently encountered a partnership case where Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) have accused the applicant of providing false and misleading information to INZ without any valid basis. The provision of false and misleading information to INZ is a serious … Continue reading

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Is Immigration New Zealand cracking down on partnership visas or are our Partnership rules simply outdated?

Immigration New Zealand’s assessment of partnership cases is old fashioned and narrow minded. Uniting families in New Zealand is becoming a mission. As a result, we see families being separated for a good period of time, leaving their kiwi partners and … Continue reading

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