May 10, 2021

Changes to work visas for employees and employers: Introduction to the accredited employer work visa

– 10 May 2021 On 7 May 2021 Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) announced the changes to employer assisted work visas and accredited employer policies. The main changes coming into effect are that six employer assisted work visas will become one type of work visa and that any employer assisting with a work visa application must now be accredited.  These changes do not affect open work visas such as the partnership-based work visa or the post-study: open work visa.   Work Visas: The six work visas with will be removed and replaced with the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (“AEWV”) are […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 27, 2018

November Seminar – Queen City Law presentation on Accredited Employers and Section 61

Recently Queen City Law was asked by Legalwise to present at their annual Immigration Law Update conference. Jack Cheng and Bradley So attended the conference and presented on the process of Accreditation and Section 61 requests. Please click here for Practical Tips – accredited employer and section 61 applications – November presentation. Please click here for comments on accreditation  
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 […]