Author Archives: Sahar Shamia, Solicitor

Think outside the box and rewrite the rules to win

Last year I wrote a blog on how to win a no-win situation by thinking outside the box. Today, I would like to share a similar story where we did not play Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) game and rewrote the … Continue reading

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Success Story: How NZ Resident Family Avoided Deportation

Earlier in the year, I wrote a blog on deportation liability, particularly if the person liable for deportation is a New Zealand Resident Visa holder. Today, I share a successful outcome for a family where the Immigration NZ (INZ) Resolution team decided not … Continue reading

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Fraudulent Relationships for Immigration Purposes

It has come to light that migrants are being offered money to fake marriages/relationships to secure Residence under the government’s fast-tracked 2021 Resident Visa scheme. A Radio NZ article recently reported that some migrants are offered more than $30,000 to … Continue reading

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Declare or Face Deportation

Last week, we saw the deportation of World No.1 Tennis player, Novak Djokovic from Australia after a ten-day legal battle. Novak travelled to Melbourne in early January 2022 to participate in the Australian Open with the hope of winning his … Continue reading

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New one-off 2021 Resident Visa – will you qualify?

On 30 September 2021, the Government announced a new one-off residence visa pathway for some temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand. It is estimated that nearly 165,000 migrants in New Zealand will be eligible under this new Resident … Continue reading

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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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