Category Archives: Practice of Law

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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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Is Immigration New Zealand cracking down on partnership visas or are our Partnership rules simply outdated?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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Relevant legislation, other rules in the immigration context

Legislation is important in the New Zealand immigration context. It is intended to provide a framework for the management of immigration in New Zealand in a way that balances New Zealand’s national interests with international obligations, while protecting New Zealanders and … Continue reading

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Introducing Sahar Shamia

Sahar Shamia joined Laurent Law on 17 June 2019. We looked far and wide to find someone with her skills and abilities. We are thrilled to have her on board. Sahar is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Visas for Restaurant Managers

Last week, Immigration New Zealand refused a request by the hospitality industry to add Café and Restaurant Managers to its Immediate Shortages List (“ISSL”).  This is despite the claim that most employers have real difficulty in finding people to fill … Continue reading

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