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 8, 2017

QCL Presents at Legalwise Immigration Law Intensive: Key Changes Seminar

Several Queen City Law lawyers including Principal Marcus Beveridge, Associate Bradley So, Consultant Jack Cheng and Solicitor Shi Sheng Cai (Shoosh) were invited to present at the Legalwise Immigration Law Intensive: Key Changes seminar. The seminar was a great success. Marcus Beveridge the post chairman of NZAMI and immediate convenor of the New Zealand Immigration and Refugee Law committee chaired the presentation and was warmly received by approximately 60 or so lawyers in attendance. Queen City Law lawyers, Bradley, Jack and Shoosh presented on 3 topics.   Bradley provided an overview of Investor Category updates and “Hoops and Hurdles” in […]
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 […]
October 30, 2017

My Limited Visa is due to expire, what can I do?

Limited Visas are often granted to people that have a potential risk of remaining in New Zealand unlawfully after their visa expires.  It is Immigration New Zealand’s way of giving you an opportunity to come to New Zealand for an express purpose even when they see potential risks within your application.  This often happens if Immigration New Zealand believes that you are not a “bona fide” applicant (for example, you have not traveled to New Zealand before or do not have sufficient ties to your home country).  If your Limited Visa is due to expire, read on and find out […]
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 26, 2017

Character Waiver – Do I have to disclose my historic charges?

It is not uncommon for some applicants to have an old drunk and disorderly conviction, drunk driving conviction or even an old conviction for the possession of recreational drugs. Sometimes these convictions are from over 10 years ago and it can be confusing as to whether you need to disclose these charges to Immigration New Zealand or not.  The confusion may be partially due to your country’s clean slate law. You may be wondering whether an old dust-covered charge will affect your application or whether you should even tell Immigration New Zealand about this charge. The short answer is: YES. […]
October 13, 2017

Investor Category – What assets can I nominate under the Investor Programme?

Applicants applying under the investor programme can nominate various types of assets such as shares, cash deposits, properties, debt instruments and so on in accordance with the relevant provisions of the New Zealand Government Immigration Instructions. The critical issue is proving “ownership” of the nominated assets.  If your asset is held through a trust and you are only a beneficiary, then this asset cannot be nominated as Immigration New Zealand requires legal ownership.  Trust assets can only be nominated if the applicant is the settlor, trustee and beneficiary. The nominated funds and/or assets can be owned either solely by the […]
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 […]