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Since our team of immigration lawyers deal with complex cases every day, we post their informed opinions on the current immigration situation

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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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 the Talent skill visa changes will impact employers

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On Tuesday 17 September the Government announced significant changes to work visas in New Zealand. Aaron Martin, Principal Lawyer at New Zealand Immigration Law, weighs in on the impact the Talent Skill visa changes will have for employers.

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Parent Visa delay: a cynical political tactic to win votes…

Parent Visa delay: A cynical political tactic to win votes…

“There’s no further light on the future of the Parent Resident Visa in NZ – which leaves over 5,000 parents of migrants and their NZ based families stuck in limbo for 2 years.
Aaron Martin shares his thoughts on the lack of closure, and his belief that this is a manipulation tactic to steer migrant votes.”

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Migrant parent health insurance requirements would reduce taxpayer risk

Migrant parent health insurance requirements would reduce taxpayer risk

Recent headlines have announced that the New Zealand Government is close to making a decision on whether or not they will reopen the parent visa category in NZ. This decision will provide much needed clarity to the almost 6,000 people who have been waiting in anticipation since the category closed in 2016.

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