August 24, 2021

Can I get Residence if I work for a Labour Hire Company or Agency?

If you are a skilled migrant worker, then there are various pathways to secure a residence visa. I will go through the Skilled Migrant Category pathway and the issues that may arise if you apply for Residence through a Labour Hire Company or an Agency. SKILLED MIGRANT CATEGORY To qualify, you need to determine if you can claim at least 160 points. We anticipate that Immigration NZ will make significant changes in this category. Currently, Immigration NZ is not inviting anyone to apply from the expression of interest. Immigration NZ has put this on hold until further notice. However, if you […]
August 19, 2021

Cool Wakushima, Queenstown, blue moons, and QCL’s award winning immigration team

  The QCL immigration and citizenship team pride itself on being the best in Aotearoa. Seemingly each week we obtain exceptional results for our clients. This pattern has not abated during the period our border has closed, and even during the current lock down we remain under the pump. We believe we have processed more successful Investor 1 applications than any other law firm in the country, we were the first law firm to successfully process Critical Worker visas for rotation for one of the crews on a super yacht currently berthed at Westhaven Marina, we are leaders in the […]
August 3, 2021

Government kills the goose that lays Immigration’s golden eggs

– 3 August 2021 In the last decade New Zealand has attracted in excess of $10 billion under its Investor categories. Yes you read that right, ten thousand million dollars -a fair chunk of change. Next month the government is intending to shut down these Investor categories. It is understood that NZTE have hijacked INZ to some degree. Approval now sits with a Cabinet committee and the intention is to dish this up as a fait accompli in August 2021. It is proposed that some months thereafter a new category will be announced which requires an individual to remit $25 […]
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 […]