If you’ve booked or are planning to book an appointment with an immigration lawyer, it can be hard to know what the process is, and what you need to bring.
We understand that visa applications are expensive, so we want to make sure you get cost-effective and timely advice during your appointment. We’ve compiled a list of what you need to prepare before your appointment with our immigration team to make sure you get the most out of it.
Preparing for your appointment
For all appointments, bring:
- Your visa (a photocopy is fine)
- The date of your last police clearance check
- The date you supplied your medical and x-ray certificates to Immigration New Zealand.
We strongly recommend preparing a list of any questions you might like to ask on the day. It is also helpful if you write a brief summary of your situation covering everything you think we may need to know. It is in your best interest to be honest and upfront about your situation with your immigration lawyer so that missed information doesn’t trip you up later on.
You are welcome to bring a support person(s) and/or a translator if you struggle with English. Please keep in mind, however, that you will be discussing highly personal matters, so you need to trust this person to keep your information confidential.
There is no need to arrive early before your appointment, but do arrive on time. If you need to change your appointment or are running late, please let us know as early as possible.
Other documentation required for your appointment is dependent on your reasons for booking your appointment.
If you are wishing for help or intervention on a case you have filed, you need to bring:
- A timeline of events, and any evidence to support this
- A copy of the application documentation (especially in the case of an unsuccessful New Zealand visa application)
- Copies of letters from Immigration New Zealand that detail the problems with the case.
After your first appointment
After your first appointment, you can expect to have gained:
- An understanding of your current legal position
- An understanding of the application process and your chances of securing the type of visa you want
- An understanding of any weaknesses in your case and whether they can be strengthened
- A strategy for your application to ensure best chance of success.
We will provide you with a written Terms of Engagement that will map out the work we intend to undertake, as well as an estimate of fees, how long it is likely to take to receive a decision, and, finally, our terms and conditions.
As each case is hugely different from the next, we do not charge a set rate for case appointments (except for our 60-minute immigration clinic appointment). However, the first half hour of the initial appointment is free, which should give us enough time understand the situation and estimate costs, and allow you to decide whether you wish to proceed.
If you have any other questions about your specific case, or what you may need to do to prepare for your case, please do not hesitate to contact the office either through our website, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling +64 (0) 9 869 2952.
Need a Review of your Case?
If your case is more complex, consider our 60-minute Immigration Clinic. In this one-on-one appointment with immigration lawyer Aaron Martin, you can talk through your specific issues and gain insight on the best approach.