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
December 8, 2021

INZ will start processing offshore residence applications again

INZ has announced that they will begin processing residence applications from offshore applicants again. INZ hasn’t been processing offshore applications since we first closed our borders back in March 2020, even if those applications were submitted beforehand. Now INZ will start processing residence applications that were submitted before March 2020 but were put on hold due to the border closure. Additionally, first-time resident visa holders will be able to be able to travel to New Zealand on their newly minted resident visa. Previously, your first resident visa would only activate once you arrived in New Zealand. This meant you would […]
November 26, 2021

New Zealand plans to open its borders in 2022

The New Zealand Government has announced plans to open New Zealand’s borders again. Our borders closed on 19 March 2020 and will re-open from January 2022 onwards. Opening the border means an end to the nearly 2 year period where we closed ourselves off from the world, but it is important to note that the border will not be fully open all at once. The current plan is to open the border in stages to manage risk. The currently planned stages are as follows: 16 January 2022: Fully vaccinated Kiwis can enter from Australia. 13 February 2022: Fully vaccinated Kiwis […]
November 16, 2021

2022 Immigration Law Summit in Auckland

Legalwise Seminars is one of the leading seminar providers in the Australasia region, focusing on both legal and accounting based seminars to help professionals maintain and develop their knowledge bases. Legalwise has already planned the Immigration Law Summit in Auckland for March 2022, which will be an all-day series of seminars covering the latest updates on immigration law. Our Managing Director, Marcus Beveridge, will be the Chair of morning half of the Summit. Marcus has chaired multiple Legalwise seminars and is experienced with maintaining the proper flow of the Summit and getting insightful questions from the audience. Marcus is not […]
November 12, 2021

Auckland rated number one city to visit in 2022

Lonely Planet, the well-known travel guide book, has recently been reviewed Auckland as the number one city to visit in 2022. Auckland won the top spot in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” list due to the diversity of its landscape and population. Lonely Planet explains further, saying that Auckland is destined to be a hot spot for international tourists next year. Lonely Planet isn’t referring to just Auckland city itself but the entirety of Auckland has all sorts of things to do and explore – west coast beaches like Piha to the Hauraki Gulf and everything in between. While Covid […]
November 9, 2021

Details on Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme – Accreditation

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will replace most of the commonly used work visa categories. The idea is to simplify the immigration process by making one all-rounder work visa rather than balancing 6 different types of applications. We have previously talked about this visa and we would recommend reading that article first to get introduced to the AEWV and how it will work. You can read it at Changes to work visas for employees and employers: Introduction to the accredited employer work visa – Queen City Law (qcl-immigration.co.nz) This article is part one of a series of articles that […]
September 29, 2021

Major immigration announcement: 2021 Resident Visa

The Government has made a major immigration announcement today: the 2021 Resident Visa. This visa will grant residency to 165,000 migrants who are currently on work visas. This visa has been simplified to make it fast and easy to get residency quickly, to help maintain economic recovery and family unity in New Zealand. For example, you only need to provide overseas police certificates or medical certificates if you are asked to. This application can also include your partner and children. You can read more about the 2021 Resident Visa at the following link from the Minister of Immigration Hon Kris […]
September 15, 2021

Character waiver for INZ – September 2021 and beyond

The lawyers at QCL have dealt with literally hundreds of Character Waiver applications over a timespan totalling almost 3 decades. In order to be considered for a resident visa in New Zealand, one must be of good character and in good health. One of the questions in INZ’s application forms is “Have you, or anyone included in this application, been convicted at any time of any offence, including any driving offence? Please note that this includes any conviction(s) outside of New Zealand subsequently cleared or wiped by ‘clean slate’ legislation.” Honesty is the best policy. Some of the considerations INZ […]
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 […]