April 1, 2021

Queen City Law is now an incorporated law firm from 1 April 2021

QCL advises that from 1 April 2021 the firm will now conduct its business as Queen City Law NZ Limited. This will now be reflected in our terms of engagement and other firm details. From this date any reference to QCL or Queen City Law refers to Queen City Law NZ Limited. If any further information is required please call Marcus on 0274877332 or Aimee on 9708810
July 12, 2020

Labour Market Test

– 13 July 2020 The local labour market test is a requirement for the Essential Skills work visa, and has been part of the immigration framework for years. This test reflects the general idea that New Zealand as a country would rather have New Zealanders take up employment in any open employment positions, rather than hiring migrant workers to take those spots instead. This means that employers will have to be able to prove that there are no New Zealanders in the area who are able to fill the vacant role at the time of assessment. Employers will have to […]
June 14, 2020

Migrant workers stuck outside of New Zealand

– 15 June 2020 The New Zealand border has been closed since 11:59pm, 19 March 2020. The border closure means that most people cannot enter the country, barring a select few. You can read more about the border closure and who can get an exception here. There are many people who do not qualify as an exception to the border closure policies. People who normally worked and lived in New Zealand on temporary visas, only to find themselves locked out of the country once the borders closed. What can you do if you want to return to New Zealand but […]
May 29, 2020

Update from Immigration New Zealand: migrant and employer information

The following is an extract of information from Immigration New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand is working with businesses, helping them navigate an environment where more New Zealanders are available to work, while continuing to uphold the rights of migrant workers. Links to the sites listed in the flyer can be found at the bottom of this page.     Changing visa conditions for employees in NZ: Definition of an essential business or service Changing visa conditions for employees in NZ: variation of conditions Meeting visa conditions: COVID-19 updates Redundancies: termination of employment Essential skills visas for migrants in NZ: hire a […]
May 10, 2020

Immigration New Zealand update 11 May 2020

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) had its offices closed due to COVID-19. This meant that no applications were being processed, effectively bringing immigration to a standstill. Now that New Zealand is in level 3 of the lockdown, and hopefully entering level 2, INZ will be reopening its doors and resume processing applications. However, this will only be for onshore branches and staff numbers will be limited. On top of that, New Zealand’s borders are still closed. This means that the only applications that will be processed will be applications for people who are currently onshore. However, if you meet the requirements […]
April 24, 2020

WEBINAR: Investor Residence Categories and Investment in New Zealand

On 18 April 2020 Queen City Law and Conrad Funds Management Limited held an online webinar in regards to the different Investor Visa categories and Investment in New Zealand.   The seminar was presented by Tom Huang (Associate of Queen City Law) and Yuan Fang (Investor Relations of Conrad Funds Management Limited) with an introduction from Marcus Beveridge (Principal of Queen City Law). You can read the presentation slides from Queen City Law in English and Chinese. You can also read the presentation from Conrad Funds Management Limited here and visit their website for further information. If you wish to discuss […]
April 16, 2020

Is the lockdown over? New Zealand planning for move to Alert Level 3

Coming to the end of week three in the national lockdown, many were tuned in to the announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. All hopes were on the announcement that the Alert Level would be moved from 4 down to 3 and some form of normalcy would return to the nation from next week. While there was no set-in-stone confirmation that the Alert Level would definitely be lowered next week, there was an update on what Alert Level 3 would look like in terms of personal movement, recreation, education, workers and business, travel and transport, gatherings, at risk people and […]
April 8, 2020

WEBINAR: COVID-19 and practical tips for Employers

– 09 April 2020 Queen City Law is pleased to be doing a webinar on topical Immigration and Employment Law considerations in the new normal. You can review the topics that were covered by Marcus, Bradley and Max here. If you have any queries, you can contact Marcus, Bradley or Max to discuss. Marcus Beveridge – marcus@qcl.co.nz Bradley So – bradley@qcl.co.nz Max Shin – max@qcl.co.nz   We have taken care to ensure that the information given is accurate, however it is intended for general guidance only and should not be relied upon in individual cases. Professional advice should always be sought […]
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 […]