November 26, 2020

Bloomberg report ranks New Zealand as the best country to be in during the COVID-19 era

  Bloomberg have recently released a report that compares countries to each other by measuring how well they perform under ten COVID-19 metrics. The metrics include the number of cases of the virus, deaths from the virus, and more. These metrics are used to calculate a resilience score to depict how well that country is performing under the virus. New Zealand has proudly taken the number one spot on that list, beating other top performers such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. New Zealand has been praised for its quick and decisive action in face of COVID-19, which includes completely […]
February 12, 2020

Parent Residency Visa Category reopening

INZ have recently announced the full details of the Parent Residency Visa (PRV) category, slated to open on 24 February 2020. The PRV will be limited to 1000 applicants a year. The PRV will be a two-step process. First, interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). This is not the residence application. EOIs are drawn out of the pool at random, and if INZ is satisfied that the selected individuals meet the PRV requirements (based on the information recorded in the EOI) INZ will invite the applicant to apply by issuing an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once you […]
January 28, 2020

UPDATE – Parent resident visa category reopens

The Parent Resident Visa (PRV) was a type of visa where parents of New Zealand citizens or residents would be able to live with their New Zealand based children here. The idea behind this visa was to make New Zealand more attractive to highly skilled migrants who would be able to gain residency or citizenship here due to their contribution to New Zealand. These highly skilled migrant workers would be more likely to choose New Zealand as their new home if they knew they could later support their parents to join them. However, this visa was closed in 2016 after […]
January 28, 2020

Another reason to visit New Zealand

When asked to describe New Zealand, many people think of the “clean and green” image that has been advertised by Tourism New Zealand for the last few decades. This is one of the driving forces behind people looking to visit, work or move permanently to New Zealand. Another factor is that Kiwis are generally considered to be a friendly and relaxed people. New Zealand’s natural beauty combined with Kiwis’ affable nature is an alluring drive for tourists and people looking to move to New Zealand. A recent ranking by The Corruption Perceptions Index, a ranking of countries from least to […]
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, […]
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 […]
February 25, 2019

QCL critique on Minister’s unfettered powers of Special Direction

Queen City Law’s Principal, Marcus Beveridge, has previously appeared in several interviews on national television and radio with regards to the polarising decisions of the Minister of Immigration New Zealand, Iain Lees-Galloway, and the deportation of convict Karel Sroubek. This controversial case was the hot topic for water cooler conversations around the country as it unravelled over the course of several weeks. Due to the political undercurrent running through the case the actual crux of the problem has been clouded over and almost forgotten, but Marcus cut to the heart of the issue and only dealt with the hard facts. […]
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 […]