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By: Live Work Play Nz  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Immigration, Work Visa, Permanent Residency

At McLeod & Associates, our expert advice and representation covers the entire immigration spectrum. Our services range from some of the most complex immigration cases in New Zealand law through to regular residence and temporary visa applications.

Why use our immigration services?

You may be considering applying for your visa alone, but today’s immigration field has changed. Applying for a New Zealand visa is no longer just a matter of filling in a form, attaching some documentation and hoping for the best.

In today’s global climate, stricter immigration policies and tighter border controls have created more challenging visa processes. One belief common amongst migrants to New Zealand is that our immigration authorities are there to facilitate their entry into the country. One of the first realities we as advisors came to realise upon entering the immigration field was that the converse is often the case – our immigration authorities exist to protect our borders and keep people out of New Zealand. Whichever is the case, one thing is certain: visa applications are now scrupulously regulated by a variety of policies and regulations, which can often result in anxious, time-consuming or frustrating experiences for many migrants. You need sound, professional advocacy in your immigration case.

We know the system you are about to enter, inside-out.

Success in immigration requires you to have a sound working knowledge of the immigration policies that apply to your visa application. Sometimes you may also need to be aware of the immigration laws (there’s the Immigration Act 1987 and the new Immigration Act 2009; the Immigration Regulations, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, the legal principles of fairness and natural justice; the Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1993 for accessing your personal information which Immigration New Zealand holds and uses, the Ombudsmen Act 1975 for illegal, wrong or unreasonable actions by immigration officials) and of decisions of those judicial authorities and tribunals that oversee appeals and challenges under the Acts.

Many migrants fail to understand the immigration policies (much less the laws) relating to their application, and at times they can pay dearly for their oversights or misunderstandings.

We have extensive experience in immigration law and policy.

If you’re thinking of getting professional advice, choose your representative wisely. Instances of abuse and poor representation amongst some immigration consultants have become more frequent and publicised.

As experienced advisors, we get it right from the start.

Our team adheres to the “Four P’s” for achieving success in our clients’ immigration cases:

Planning Where are you headed with your application? We’ll strategise and plan your entire immigration pathway with you, before getting started.

Preparation Have you properly prepared your case, in line with policy requirements? We pay particular attention to ensuring your documentation complies with policy.

Presentation We take care of the small details and ensure your case is comprehensively and professionally presented to Immigration New Zealand.

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Rachael Wong

After completing a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland in 2009, Rachael spent two months in Tanzania interning at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Born in Adelaide, Rachael spent the first ten years of her life living in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, before her family eventually settled in Auckland.


Tina Cheung

Tina was the only interpreter in New Zealand to be granted an on-going contract by the Ministry of Justice, enabling her to participate in numerous high profile trials both at the District Court and the High Court level, as well as thousands of court hearings at every conceivable level in the justice system on an almost daily basis.