January 28, 2021

Update to Border Exceptions for students

  In October 2020, the Government announced an exception to the border closure for international PhD and postgraduate students.  This new category was for an allowance of 250 international students to return to New Zealand to continue their studies.   Students applying under this exception must hold or have held a visa to study in New Zealand in 2020 but were unable to entre the country due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The exception does not apply to new students looking to enter the country to start their studies.   Due to the limited number of positions available under this category, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 9, 2017

How do I prove that I am a bona fide applicant?

If you are applying for a visitor or student visa, it is likely that Immigration New Zealand will raise concerns in regards to whether you are a bona fide applicant. This blog post will explore how Immigration New Zealand determines whether you are a bona fide aka genuine applicant.   What does bona fide applicant mean? To prove to Immigration New Zealand that you are a bona fide applicant, you need to provide evidence which establishes that you intend to travel to New Zealand for a purpose, and that once the purpose has been completed, you intend to leave New […]
February 3, 2016

Are you a Bona Fide Student ?

The New Zealand education experience is world-renowned.  Not only do students come out with well-recognised qualification, New Zealand is also a safe and fun environment for a bright young mind. The “bona fide” requirement is really  Immigration New Zealand’s way of asking if you are a ‘genuine’ student. Aside from secondary school applicants and tertiary institute applicants straight out of high school, we also have clients who have decided that they want to return to study after several years of work, or have previously studied a different qualification and want to come to New Zealand to gain a further area of […]