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
March 30, 2022

2021 Interim Visa

People who have applied for the 2021 Resident visa may be eligible for the 2021 interim visa. An interim visa is a “bridging” visa that is automatically given to you if your visa is about to run out, while you’re waiting for your next visa application to be processed. This is normally enough for people to wait until they get their new visa. The 2021 Resident visa also has interim visas, but the way they work is very different. One small chance has created a huge risk to anyone relying on an interim visa to keep them legal in New […]
March 29, 2022

2021 Residence Visa – Not a done deal

Data released on the 5th of January 2022 shows that approximately 82% of Chinese applicants under the Phase 1 stage have been declined. Other nationalities have also had a number of declined applications; the notable values being India at a decline rate of 20.83%, the UK at 11.19% and Philippines at 10.26%. A particularly notable result is Vietnam having a decline rate of 62.50%. On first glance there appears to be a strange difference based on Nationality – Chinese and Vietnamese applicants have particularly low approval rates compared to other Nationalities which have between 80-90% approval rates. While puzzling, the […]
March 28, 2022

Are we on the verge of another building catastrophe in Aotearoa?

Queen City Law has written an article about the potential building catastrophe in New Zealand, which has been published in the Builders and Contractors magazine. This article is about the poor quality of new build homes and how it might impact the market. You can read in the digital magazine below.
February 10, 2022

Immigration Law Summit in Auckland

On the 25th of March next month, Marcus will chair another NZ Immigration Law Summit hosted by Legalwise. You can see the programme for the Summit here: https://legalwiseseminars.com.au/nz/course-2/?eventtemplate=2075-immigration-law-summit-in-auckland&event=8138 Marcus has chaired and presented at dozens of such seminars and conferences over the last two and a half decades or so. Marcus has a proven ability of ensuring all attendees remain awake sometimes by way of making the proceedings a bit interactive. Bradley is a guest presenter again and is covering the new accreditation framework. This is very topical for any New Zealand company wanting to hire migrant workers from July[check precise […]
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 […]