We will meet (or communicate via telephone consultation, e-mail or facsimile or mail) with you and assess your chances of qualifying for the status which you seek i.e. resident, student, worker, etc. We will also explore with you alternative options available (if any) in the event that the primary option is not available. We will answer specific questions which you may have regarding your desire to obtain a specific status and we will provide you with a written quote of our fees for undertaking any immigration-related work on your behalf. We will provide you with an estimate of the amount of time which would be required for any particular type of application and work out, with you, strategies for best achieving the status in New Zealand you desire. We will explain to you in detail the specific criteria which you will need to comply with in order to achieve the status you require e.g. if you wish to achieve residence status and you are eligible to apply under the Skilled Migrant Category we will explain to you the specific criteria of the Skilled Migrant Category and how points are scored.
We can give you advice on and prepare for you applications for a residence visa or a residence permit under all categories available under current Government Residence Policy:
- Work-To-Residence (including Talent Visa)
- Entrepreneur Category
- Investor Category
- Family Category
- Skilled Migrant Category
- Business Relocation Category
- Family Quota Category
- Special Categories
We can also give you advice on and prepare for you applications for a Long Term Business Visa.
We are experienced at filing residence applications either with an NZIS branch office onshore (for clients who are physically present in New Zealand, albeit temporarily) or offshore, through an overseas New Zealand Embassy or High Commission (for clients not physically present in New Zealand). Our advanced international communications systems ensure that our clients overseas receive the same quality of service as our domestic clients.
Through our connections with the ASB Bank, The Canterbury Development Corporation, the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce and the Canterbury Business Community we are well placed to assist immigrants under the Investor Category and the Entrepreneur Category with placement of investments in this region which will meet immigration investment criteria.
We handle all types of temporary visa/permit applications including:
- Long Term Business visas and permits
- Visitor's visas and permits (including guardianship visas)
- Student visas and permits
- Work visas and permits (short term or long term)
- Limited Purpose visas and permits
Our firm offers specialist advice on that most complicated area of Immigration law, the Returning Resident's Visa ("RRV") Policy. Since the changes to the RRV Policy introduced in September 2000 a great deal of confusion has arisen among recent immigrants to New Zealand as to their rights (or lack thereof) to obtain "indefinite", "one year" or "fourteen day" returning resident's visas. We are thoroughly familiar with the RRV Policy and can provide you with accurate and specific advice on your rights under that policy.
Our firm also regularly undertakes all types of immigration-related appeals to the various immigration-related statutory tribunals, including appeals to:
- Residence Review Board (appeals on facts and/or special circumstances)
- Removal Review Authority (appeals on exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian nature)
- Deportation Review Tribunal
- High Court of New Zealand (judicial review and/or appeals under the Immigration Act 1987).
Our firm also regularly advises on, prepares and files applications for refugee status under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. We are experienced with refugee status law and procedure in New Zealand and can represent you in connection with any such application to the Refugee Status Branch of the NZIS or, higher, to the Refugee Status Appeals Authority.
We can advise you on the requirements for obtaining New Zealand citizenship, either by way of a Scheduled Application or alternatively by way of a Submission to the Minister of Internal Affairs. We can prepare and file an application for New Zealand citizenship on your behalf and follow it through to its ultimate conclusion.
Our firm represents several large corporate clients in Canterbury who occasionally need to recruit a specialist overseas employee, with specialised skills, to work (temporarily) in New Zealand. We can assist employers in obtaining an approval in principle from the New Zealand Immigration Service to undertake such recruitment, whether on a one off or more enduring basis.