If you’re looking to apply for the Essential Skills work visa it pays to get the application right! We have written a guide to explain the criteria and the process and break down all you need to know about this visa so you have the best chance of success in your application.
On the 19th of December 2019 Ian Lees-Galloway announced an increase to the remuneration thresholds for work and residence visas. This is yet another hurdle that has been placed in front of the hard-working migrants who are seeking to make a long-term commitment to New Zealand. Read more about how this will impact migrants.
Immigration New Zealand decides whether they believe a relationship is genuine based on the information you provide. One way of showing you are in a genuine relationship is by asking friends or colleagues to write letters of support for you. We can’t provide a sample letter for you to follow but we can help by highlighting who you should ask to write one, what should be in it and what can go wrong.
The changes to the culturally arranged marriage visa category deal with part of the problem: the part where one of the parties to the relationship is a New Zealand citizen or resident.They don’t provide any benefit for people who are on a work visa or a student visa who have a marriage arranged in accordance with their customs. read more about the flaws in the new visa category.
Surprise news for migrants recently, with Immigration NZ announcing changes to ANZSCO settings just a month after they revealed they are going to scrap the system for work visas from 2020. Principle lawyer for NZIL, Aaron Martin discusses the implications and opportunities these changes will have on the migrant community. The Ansco Reset gives some … Continue reading ANZSCO changes will make residency easier for some
How did Immigration New Zealand come up with the criteria for the documents required? No doubt policymakers in Wellington sat around brainstorming about the types of documents a couple could usually provide. Naturally they reflected on what documents they personally could get to prove their own relationships. It’s sometimes said that the law reflects the makers; that is certainly true in this case. Unfortunately, whoever designed the rules didn’t realise they were dealing with people who come from countries that don’t operate the same as ours. Hence they failed to give immigration officers appropriate guidance as to what to do when not presented with typical documents as prescribed by the rules.
What do the recent ANZSCO Code changes mean? ANZSCO stands for the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations and it is key to the immigration systems of both Australia and New Zealand. ANZSCO is used by Immigration New Zealand to determine whether a job is low, medium or high-skilled for work visa application; … Continue reading How ANZSCO code changes could help low-skilled migrants get residency
As a migrant, did you know if you are convicted of a minor charge such as drink driving or wilful damage you can be deported? Even if you’re a resident?
That’s because under NZ law, any minor conviction (a conviction which carries a minimum sentence of up to three months in jail) committed in the first two years of residency automatically results in deportation. This isn’t something many are aware of – not only migrants, but many in the legal sector too. So, what do you need to know? And what can you do? New Zealand Immigration Law’s principle lawyer Aaron Martin and criminal lawyer Rebecca Keenan from Liberty Law share what you need to know.
Anyone who has settled in New Zealand will be affected by the Parent visa – whether they arrived two years ago or 20 years ago. Immigration Law expert Aaron Martin points out that even New Zealand citizens who migrated here half a lifetime ago are no longer able to bring their elderly parent to New Zealand – unless they’re earning a whopping $106,000 a year.
“A lot of people think it’s all about the migrants who came yesterday, but it’s not,” he says. Aaron Martin, New Zealand immigration law expert, explains.
Recently the government announced new work visa changes. Aaron Martin says the changes have created enormous uncertainty for current visa holders and those currently in the system. And, with scant details for how these changes will be operationalised, the situation for migrants is very much a game of ‘wait and see’.