November 13, 2017

How can I prove there are no New Zealanders available for my job?

We often see stories where the local community is rallying around a well-loved migrant when their visa has been declined.  While we empathise with those we read about, it is clear that there is a lack of understanding of immigration policies and procedures.  If you don’t want to find yourself in the same position, it pays to obtain professional advice to ensure that you know what you need to do when applying for your next visa. Many people speak of “renewing their visa”.  This can be misleading because, technically, there is no such thing as a visa renewal in New […]
October 27, 2017

I have a new job, can I update my work visa?

“I have a new job, but I still have a lot of time left before my current visa expires, can I update my work visa using a variation of conditions?” Things do not always go to plan, sometimes you can find yourself in a situation where you have finally gained a work visa but your employment situation has not worked out or you have found an even better opportunity.  If you hold a work visa that states your position, the company you are working for and the region where you are currently working, you will have to update this before […]
October 9, 2017

Graduated? Post Study Work Visa Options

Many young adults come to New Zealand for our world class education system and work experience.  Immigration New Zealand gives most international students an opportunity to put the qualifications into practice.  Most graduates will be eligible for the Post-Study Open Work Visa and then the Post-Study Employer Assisted Work Visa.   Post-Study Open Work Visa: Generally, if you have successfully completed one of the following: 1. A New Zealand qualification that is Level 7 or above and you have studied for at least 30 weeks in New Zealand; or 2. A programme of study that results in a qualification that […]
October 9, 2017

The Importance of Employment and Immigration Compliance

The Employment Relations Act 2000 (ERA) and Immigration Act 2009 (the Act) provides requirements for both construction operators and its workers.  Unfortunately, many of these important provisions are overlooked.  The construction sector is notorious for breaching key requirements necessitating investigations by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the Labour Inspector who have, at various times, deemed construction to be a “high risk” sector. These bodies have made several “busts” and have taken numerous steps to ensure compliance with the law.  So what are common breaches and issues relating to employment and immigration?   Employment: One of the fundamental issues that recurs […]