March 26, 2020

New Zealand’s borders are now closed

– 26 March 2020 Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden has announced the decision of the NZ Government to close New Zealand’s borders to anyone who is not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.   As of 11:59pm 19 March 2020, the only people who can enter New Zealand are the following: Citizens of New Zealand; and Permanent residents; and People who were granted residency and are already still in New Zealand; and People returning to New Zealand for their second or subsequent residency visas; and Immediate family* of any of the above; and Citizens of Australia; and […]
February 12, 2020

Parent Residency Visa Category reopening

INZ have recently announced the full details of the Parent Residency Visa (PRV) category, slated to open on 24 February 2020. The PRV will be limited to 1000 applicants a year. The PRV will be a two-step process. First, interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). This is not the residence application. EOIs are drawn out of the pool at random, and if INZ is satisfied that the selected individuals meet the PRV requirements (based on the information recorded in the EOI) INZ will invite the applicant to apply by issuing an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once you […]
January 28, 2020

UPDATE – Parent resident visa category reopens

The Parent Resident Visa (PRV) was a type of visa where parents of New Zealand citizens or residents would be able to live with their New Zealand based children here. The idea behind this visa was to make New Zealand more attractive to highly skilled migrants who would be able to gain residency or citizenship here due to their contribution to New Zealand. These highly skilled migrant workers would be more likely to choose New Zealand as their new home if they knew they could later support their parents to join them. However, this visa was closed in 2016 after […]
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 17, 2019

Changes for visitors to New Zealand from Visa Waiver countries

Immigration New Zealand has announced that from 1 October 2019, visitors and transit passengers from visa waiver countries will be required to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (“NZeTA”). The official basis for Immigration New Zealand introducing these new requirements for visitors is that it will reduce the time needed for border clearance and to improve the way travellers are assessed before their arrival into New Zealand. Another explanation behind the reasoning to changing visitor requirements for visitors is that Immigration New Zealand is looking to expand on the information collected on visitors to the country and strengthen security at the […]
June 16, 2019


  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 […]
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 […]
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 […]