Author Archives: Sahar Shamia, Solicitor

Success Story – SMC Appeal for a Marketing Specialist

New Zealand is facing another lockdown. It is another challenging time of the year for everyone, particularly migrants whose future in New Zealand remains uncertain. I believe there is nothing better to share than a success story of our client’s … Continue reading

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Win a no win situation by thinking outside the box

As immigration practitioners, we are usually faced with difficult cases that seem to be a no-win situation. Such situations reminded me of one of my favourite quotes from the popular TV show “Suits”, where Harvey Spector said “Win a no-win … Continue reading

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Finding a solution is what we do!

We recently secured a work visa for a client who thought her future in New Zealand was coming to an end. Our client arrived in New Zealand on a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work to Residence Visa, which provides a pathway to … Continue reading

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Success Story – SMC Group Appeals – Insurance Agent Staff Win Residence Appeals

Around this time last year, New Zealand entered into lockdown, and we all faced a challenging year due to the global pandemic of Covid-19. However, today we share a success story that has given hope to nine clients who thought … Continue reading

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Planning to hire a migrant? Now is the time to think ahead and learn more about Immigration NZ proposed changes in mid-2021

On 17 September 2019, the government announced changes to work visas to be gradually implemented from October 2019 to mid-2021. The proposed changes will apply to both migrant workers and employers supporting work visa applications. The government first introduced the … Continue reading

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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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