Category Archives: Immigration Visas

Visa Exclusion Issues

James Turner talks about Exclusion Issues in his latest Video Blog. An Exclusion is a situation in which a person is excluded from New Zealand. This means the person is not eligible to be granted a visa or entry permission … Continue reading

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Insights into the 2021 Resident Visa

After announcing a sweeping “one time” Resident Visa for people on Work Visas at the end of September 2021, Immigration New Zealand has now published the detailed policy. This contains some interesting features, but not all the answers. Aims of … 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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Essential Skills Work Visas

James Turner discusses Essential Skills Work Visas in his latest video blog. This is the main type of visa for people who have a job offer and want to work in New Zealand. This allows people from outside New Zealand … Continue reading

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Please, How Can I Help My Family?

We get this question a lot. In particular, we field requests from New Zealand Residents or Citizens about how to bring their relatives to NZ from the home country. We often have to say that there is nothing to be … 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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Section 61 Requests

My latest video blog explains what constitutes a legal status in New Zealand. I also talk us through the meaning and consequences of an illegal status and the options available to those with an unlawful status.

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A Ban is a Ban – Unless it’s Not

There is a nasty little rule in the Immigration Act , which has given a lot of people grief and trouble in the past. It says that you cannot be granted a visa if you have “at any time, been … 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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Can Immigration Search Your Phone?

This is an issue of data privacy and fishing expeditions by officials. The message is “be careful, and know your rights”. Our firm has been doing Partner visa applications for a long time. The couple needs to show that they … Continue reading

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