June 16, 2019

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO WORK VISA CATEGORIES

  Earlier this year, Immigration New Zealand announced that they were going to make changes to work visa applications.  The following briefly outlines some of the key changes that Immigration New Zealand has proposed:   CATEGORIES Old System:  Six temporary work visa categories ( Essential Skills, Work to Residence (long term skill shortage list), Talent (Accredited Employer), Silver Fern (Practical Experience), Silver Fern (Job Search) and Approval in Principal). New System: There will only be one work visa category that will be using a new framework.   EMPLOYER SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS Old System: As part of an employees work visa application under an employer […]
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  
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 […]