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Our Services

We assist clients from all over the world. Some clients are living in other countries and want visas to travel to New Zealand, some clients are in New Zealand already and we meet regularly. No matter where you are, we can help. 

 

Our firm specialises in clients from Asian countries – we have large client bases from India, China, Cambodia and Vietnam. We also represent many clients from South Africa, Fiji, Middle East, Iran, North America and Europe. 

 

We assist many migrants from overseas, some of whom we don’t meet until they arrive here on Resident Visas.

We provide legal advice and representation in a range of immigration law related matters. This includes work, student, resident, visitor visa applications as well as Resident and Humanitarian appeals and Entreprenuer and Investor Category applications. 

Residence Class Visa - Migrant Investment Categories

Business and investor visas allow people who can contribute to New Zealand’s economy to live in New Zealand. You can do this by investing in New Zealand business or government, or if you have the right business experience, by buying or setting up your own business in New Zealand.

 

There are two Migrant Investment Categories:

  • Investor 1 Category - minimum investment NZ$10 million for at least three years

  • Investor 2 category - minimum investment NZ$3 million for at least four years

 

Criteria for approval

  • 3M NZD Invested for 4 years

  • 10M NZD Invested for 3 years

Residence Class Visa - Skilled Migrant Category

This type of visa is for those candidates who have the skills and experiences that are needed in New Zealand.

 

Before INZ can invite you to apply for the resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category, you are required to send INZ an Expression Of Interest (EOI), telling INZ about your employment in New Zealand, work experience, and qualifications. Applicants will see their EOI accepted and be Invited To Apply (ITA) for residence if they meet at least 160 points. 

 

Please note: EOI selections in Skilled Migrant Category and Parent categories are currently suspended. No decision about when EOI selections will resume has been made.   

Residence Class Visa - Family Categories

•    Resident visa under Partnership Category

To be granted a residence class visa under the Partnership Category, applicants must provide sufficient evidence to satisfy an immigration officer that they have been living together for 12 months or more in a partnership that is genuine and stable with a New Zealand citizen or resident.

•    Resident visa under Parent Category

Sponsors need to have earned the correct income, based on the New Zealand median income, for 2 out of the 3 years before you applied for residence.

Immigration New Zealand will update the New Zealand median income each year, so the amount they need to earn may change depending on which years they include in their application.


•    Resident visa under Dependent Child Category


If you’re a New Zealand citizen or resident living in New Zealand, you can bring your dependent children to New Zealand to live with you.


Please note: If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under any other category but were not included in your residence application, INZ may ask you to explain the reason for this.

Accredited Employer Work Visa

Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Policy

  • All employers must be accredited to hire a migrant from 1 November 2021. If client wants to be granted a visa under the current policy, this must be lodged by 31 October 2021.

  • Employers can apply for accreditation from late September 2021 

  • 30 June 2021 deadline for employers to apply for Accredited Employer (Talent – Accredited Employer), Labour Hire Accreditation (Essential Skills) or Approval in Principle (Essential Skills)

  • applications.

 

The AEWV replaces 6 work visas:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa

  • Essential Skills Work Visa — approved in principle

  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

  • Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

  • Silver Fern Job Search Visa (closed 7 October 2019)

  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Visa.

  • The system will introduce 3 checks before an employer can hire a migrant worker. These checks are:

    • the employer check — employers need accreditation to pass this

    • the job check

    • the migrant worker check.

Work Visa Under the Partnership Category

Partners are eligible for a work visa if they are living together in a genuine and stable
Relationship with their NZ citizen/resident or eligible work visa holder partners. 

 

Partners living together for less than a year are eligible for 1 year Work visa. 
Partners living together for more than a year are eligible for a 2-year Work visa

 

Post-Study Work Visa

Applicants will be eligible for a Post Study visa if they have studied in NZ, and their qualification must be Level 4 or higher. Depending on your qualification and where you studied, you can work for any employer for between 1 and 3 years and do almost any work. You do not require a job offer from an employer for this visa.

Applicants can only apply for a Post Study visa once unless applicants complete a second higher qualification at bachelor’s degree level or higher. 

Student Visa

A person must obtain a student visa to undertake study or training in New Zealand. 
To do so, applicants must have an offer of a place with a New Zealand education provider.


Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy an immigration officer that they have sufficient funds available to maintain themselves throughout the period of their stay in New Zealand.

Visitor Visa

There is a range of visas that allow people to come to New Zealand for a holiday or visit friends and family. They include but not limited to:

  • Visitor Visa (General) – Visit New Zealand for the following reasons:

    • holidaying;

    • sightseeing;

    • family and social visits;

    • amateur sport; or 

    • business consultation;

    • medical treatment; or

    • other lawful purposes​

  • Visitor Visa under Partnership Category​

  • Visitor Visa under Dependent Child Category

  • Visitor Visa under the Culturally Arranged Marriage

    • People who have married under the culturally arranged marriage; or​

    • People who are intending to marry in New Zealand under the culturally arranged marriage

Limited Visa

Applicants can visit NZ temporarily to achieve an express purpose.

An express purpose might be:

 

  • Study as a full fee-paying student (generally only for short courses)

  • Attending a significant event

  • Medical treatment in New Zealand

  • Any specific purpose, other than employment

 

Applicants are not eligible to apply for any other visa while in NZ on a Limited visa. 
 

Section 61 Request

The full range of visas can be granted under section 61. If an applicant is currently in New Zealand unlawfully, the application needs to be submitted under section 61 of the Immigration Act. What this means is that the applicant does not have the automatic right to lodge a Visa application but can request INZ to exercise their discretion to allow the applicant to submit a Visa application. However, INZ are under no obligation to consider or grant the application or to give reasons for refusing to issue a visa. They have absolute discretion to make whatever decision they choose.
 

Once the applicant has been granted a visa under this section, they have the same immigration status as anyone else who has been granted that particular type of visa.

Ministerial Request

For cases with exceptional circumstances that have not been successful using other options, the applicant may consider bringing the matter to the minister’s attention. Appealing to the minister is the last option one has when everything else fails.

The minister does not normally look at a case unless all options have been exhausted, such as a reconsideration, section 61, and a complaint to Immigration New Zealand.

IPT Appeals

The Immigration & Protection Tribunal hears and determines appeals concerning:

  • decisions about residence class visas

  • decisions about the recognition of a person as a refugee or protected person

  • liability for deportation

  • decisions to stop recognising a person as a refugee or protected person.

  • decisions to cancel the recognition of a New Zealand citizen as a refugee or protected person.

 

The Tribunal is administered by the Ministry of Justice. The Tribunal is chaired by a District Court Judge appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

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