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 […]
April 4, 2019

Partnership-based visa workshop

Recently, staff from Queen City Law attended a workshop with Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) in regards to preparing and submitting “decision ready” visa applications under the partnership-based categories.  The workshop was held in INZ’s Hamilton branch.  The Hamilton branch primarily deal with on-shore partnership-based visa applications while off-shore applications are reviewed by branches in Manila, Mumbai and New Delhi to name a few. During this workshop discussions were held between key members of the Hamilton branch on how to prepare an application under the partnership category to the highest quality.  A high quality application, known as a “low touch” application, […]
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 26, 2017

Has your visa application been declined due to “non bona fides”?

It is a requirement that every applicant for a temporary entry visa is considered “bona fide” or genuine.  The definition of a bona fide applicant is someone who: genuinely intends a temporary stay in New Zealand for lawful purpose; and is not likely to remain in New Zealand unlawfully, breach any visa conditions, or is unable to leave or be deported from New Zealand. If you are not from a “visa waiver” country, it can be quite difficult to prove you are a bona fide visitor. It is up to you to prove this to Immigration New Zealand so it […]
November 23, 2017

Partnership Visas – How can my partner join me in New Zealand

This blog explores some of the aspects of immigration law and how it affects people already in New Zealand who want their partners to join them. In order to obtain a visa through partnership, the couple must be “living together in a genuine and stable relationship”. For more information, refer to our blog – Partnership Visas – how can you prove that you are living together in a genuine and stable relationship. Many clients ask us what length of time they need o have lived together in the same physical residence before submitting their visa application.  There is no set […]
November 16, 2017

Responding to Potentially Prejudicial Information (“PPI”) in your Visa Application

If you have recently submitted an application for a temporary or residence visa, you may receive a letter from Immigration New Zealand requesting for further information. If Immigration New Zealand holds concern about your application, they will ask you to clarify and respond to their concerns and submit additional supporting evidence.  These are referred to as “PPI Letters” and can often be the cause of great panic to an applicant. A PPI Letter will deal with concerns regarding your ability to meet one or more of the requirements of the visa.  This could include, for example, your bona fides (genuineness), […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 1, 2017

Partnership Visas – how can you prove that you are living together in a genuine and stable relationship?

If you are a happy couple looking to migrate to New Zealand or if Immigration New Zealand is doubting your relationship, you should take the time to read this post. Partnership Visas – what relationship evidence do I need in order to prove that I am “living together in a genuine and stable relationship” with my partner? The partnership visa is a great way to bring your loved one to your side.  It can enable your partner to obtain either residency or an open work visa.  To do so, you need to prove to Immigration New Zealand that you are […]