May 13, 2019

Legal obligations for employers of migrant workers

“Migrant exploitation” is a common news headline that conjures up an image a greedy employer overworking and underpaying innocent migrant workers.  While this does happen and there are those that deliberately and maliciously exploit migrant workers, there are also those employers who may accidentally and inadvertently breach basic entitlements under New Zealand’s immigration and employment laws.   Employment Law in New Zealand applies to all workers whether they are citizens, residents or temporary visa holders.  All employers must offer the same employment and work conditions to their migrant workers that they offer to their New Zealand workers.  Immigration New Zealand’s […]
March 26, 2019

Construction and Immigration: smart plays in a tight environment

Marcus Beveridge (Principal) and Tina Hwang (Associate) of Queen City Law have published an article for the latest issue of the Builders & Contractors Magazine.  This article discusses how strategic employers within the construction industry should seek to utilize the Accredited Employer programme.   Click here to read now. Please note that the Government has announced significant changes are to be made to the Accredited Employer programme including making it mandatory for all employers who are supporting work visa holders to become accredited.  Accordingly, we suggest you front foot the application before these changes.   We have taken care to […]
November 27, 2018

November Seminar – Queen City Law presentation on Accredited Employers and Section 61

Recently Queen City Law was asked by Legalwise to present at their annual Immigration Law Update conference. Jack Cheng and Bradley So attended the conference and presented on the process of Accreditation and Section 61 requests. Please click here for Practical Tips – accredited employer and section 61 applications – November presentation. Please click here for comments on accreditation  
January 23, 2018

High Rates of declined applications under the Entrepreneur Category

Recently the Business Migration Branch has released a report that at least 80% of Entrepreneur Work Visa balance applications have been declined and at least 50% of the Entrepreneur Residence Visa applications have been declined. There are three types of applications under the Entrepreneur Category as this category is a “work to residence” programme: 1. The initial step is to apply for an Entrepreneur Work Visa (a 12 month interim visa); 2. The second step is to apply for the balance of the Entrepreneur Work Visa; and 3. The third step is to apply for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa. Depending […]
November 3, 2017

Investing in New Zealand

New Zealand welcomes foreign investment. It is a country with an open economy which provides plenty of opportunity for investors with capital, entrepreneurial track record and international connections.  The World Bank reports that New Zealand has been ranked as the easiest place to do business out of 185 countries. Ranking highly on the ease of doing business index means a country’s regulatory environment is more conducive to starting and operating a firm.  This post is looking at some of the investments in New Zealand that are considered acceptable by Immigration New Zealand and its relation to the Overseas Investment Office […]
June 23, 2016

Entrepeneur Residence Visa – What to consider when uplifting the section 49A condition?

A residence visa holder cannot be issued a permanent residence visa until the Section 49A condition on their visa has been uplifted. A section 49A condition is imposed on your residence visa if you have applied under the previous Entrepreneur Plus Category and the Current Entrepreneur (Fast Track) Category. When applying to uplift the section 49A condition, the following should be considered:   1) When does the two year period start and when can I apply to uplift the condition? Usually the Business Migration Branch initial approval letter will state the qualification date for when you can request for the […]
February 3, 2016

Sustainable Business Migration NZAMI

These presentations by Marcus Beveridge and Darren Calder explain themes in the sustainable business polices for Investment Visas to  Sustainable Business Policies NZ.Darren Calder August 2015 DO WE HAVE A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS POLICY: Has the pendulum swung too far? Marcus Beveridge