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Income Thresholds Increased for Essential Skills Visa

Immigration New Zealand has announced that it is once again increasing the Income thresholds under the Essential Skills work visa category on 24 February 2020.
These changes will affect anyone applying for an essential skills visa from today and anyone who’s essential skills visa is expiring within the next 4 months.
The changes will not affect your current visa, but they may affect your application for a further visa.

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Guide to the Work to Residence Visa

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If you are already working in NZ and think you might want to stay in New Zealand long-term, the Work to Residence Visa might be just the ticket. Our comprehensive Work to Residence Visa guide covers everything you need to know before you make your application

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Relationship support letter guide

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.

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The more things change the more they remain the same…

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.

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ANZSCO changes will make residency easier for some

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

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Partnership visa rules-time to get it right

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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. 

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How ANZSCO code changes could help low-skilled migrants get residency

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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

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How a minor criminal conviction can get you deported…

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.

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