New Visa to Protect Exploited Migrants

The Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa (MEPV) from Immigration New Zealand protects migrant workers and their families from exploitative employers. This open visa comes into effect on and after 1 July 2021. Lawyer Aaron Martin explains how it works and who it protects.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

300 overseas qualified teachers will be reaching our shores thanks to a new border exemption announced by New Zealand’s Education Minister Chris Hipkins. NZIL lawyer Aaron Martin discusses the announcement and the shortcomings it highlights.

INZ will issue refunds for 50,000 visa applications

Immigration New Zealand has just announced it will be refunding all fees and levies for visa applications that cannot be processed because of covid restrictions.
This affects around 50,000 temporary visas on hand including visitor, student and work visas.

INZ attempts to justify massive visa backlog

At the recent committee hearing, Immigration New Zealand was quick to give excuses for why visa processing has been so slow, but many of them appear suspect. Immigration lawyer Aaron Martin weighs up the evidence and gives his take.