Category Archives: Immigration Visas

Getting Residence under the Skilled Migrant category

For some wealthy applicants who possess funds they are willing to invest in New Zealand, $3 million NZD (for the Investor 2 category) or at least $10 million NZD (for the Investor 1 category) the migrant investor categories present an … Continue reading

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Thrillseekers Paradise – Whanganui River

Our in-house thrillseeker, Roxanne Whyte, went on a breathtaking experience recently. She and a group of friends canoed the Whanganui River along one of New Zealand’s  ‘Great Walks’. The adventure did not disappoint. They covered a distance of 97km, from … Continue reading

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Acquiring New Zealand citizenship

Although it often receives less attention compared to Residence and Temporary Visa categories, acquiring New Zealand citizenship is the final stage in the immigration journey for many. New Zealand citizenship enables the holder to do the following: Live in New … 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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Residence, Permanent Residence and Citizenship

Many people often ask the difference between Residence and Permanent Residence Visa status. Both enable the holder to remain in New Zealand permanently, but there is an important difference. The holder of a Residence Visa is able to Travel to … 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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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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Information Requests – a Key Tool for Immigration Professionals

The Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1993 (“the OIA and the Privacy Act”) are important pieces of legislation in the New Zealand immigration context.  With their help, applicants for Visas can get a copy of file information … 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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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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