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Immigration To New Zealand

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The New Zealand Government’s immigration policy is designed to attract desirable individuals from overseas to help New Zealand built its society and grow its economy. However, due to the ever-changing needs of the country’s economy, New Zealand’s immigration rules also change frequently in line with the needs of the economy.

While the New Zealand Government welcomes applications for New Zealand residence and provides comprehensive information about the rules and application criteria, all applications are also considered strictly against these criteria. It’s important to note that Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) operational manual that deals with the immigration policy is over 1000 pages long. In other words, the policy and its rules are complex!

Remember, no two residence applications are the same. When it comes to moving to a new country, every individual case is unique and your application may have a better chance of success under one visa category than another.

The key with applications for residence lies in applying for the right visa category for your unique situation and in presenting your application properly to INZ. Immigration officers tend to favour applications that have been completed right first time. They naturally prefer not to have to engage in convoluted correspondence with an applicant to get information or supporting documents that should have been included with the submission to begin with. When it comes to a residency application, you really only have one chance to file a correct and compliant application.

Immigrating to New Zealand? You have two options when applying for residency

There are two options open to you when it comes to applying for permanent residence in New Zealand:

  • You can submit and process your own application directly with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) under either the skilled migrant visa category, or under one of the business visa categories, or under the family unification visa category.
  • Or you can take advantage of the expert advice that is available by instructing an immigration lawyer to assess your options and help you successfully negotiate the application process according to the relevant visa category.

While INZ will provide you with all the information you need to submit your own application, they will not help you interpret the rules correctly or provide you with personalised advice in terms of your particular circumstances or the best way to go about achieving residency in light of your unique circumstances.

Getting the application wrong can make all the difference between success and rejection. Expert advice from a qualified immigration consultant to help you tailor your application to the immigration rules and deal with any potential issues that arise during the process will make all the difference.

Your immigration lawyer not only keeps up to date with the ever-changing immigration policy and its rules but, as a qualified legal professional, understands INZ’s regulations and procedures in sufficient detail to ensure you submit a complete application for the right visa category. Your immigration lawyer will also effectively monitor the progress of your application.

While moving from one’s home country to a new one is exciting, it’s often also a difficult, even stressful process. Having someone to guide and help you expertly through the complicated ‘paperwork’ will go a long way to reduce the levels of stress.

Ian Mellett and members of the Quay Law team have immigrated to New Zealand themselves. They’ve had personal experience of the immigration process, so they understand what it’s like to be a prospective immigrant.

Immigration To New Zealand

Using a licensed immigration agent 

If you wish to apply for a New Zealand residence visa there are three main ways to do this.

  • You can complete and submit your application yourself. While many people successfully emigrate to New Zealand without engaging the services of a licensed immigration adviser, the application process can be complex and lengthy. Having an immigration adviser working with you on your application can make a significant difference to the success of the process.
  • You can engage the services of a currently licensed immigration adviser. However, before you engage an immigration adviser, you need to ensure the person is appropriately licensed according to New Zealand law and requirements, otherwise you will jeopardize your application. A person who provides New Zealand immigration advice without being licensed or exempt from the licence requirement is actually committing an offence under New Zealand law. You can verify whether your immigration adviser is a registered adviser by checking the register of licensed New Zealand immigration advisers on the New Zealand Government’s Immigration Advisers Authority website Check their licence expiry date and type of licence, as some advisers may only be licensed to advise on limited areas.
  • You can engage the services of someone who is exempt from the license requirements. People to whom this exemption applies include lawyers with a current New Zealand practising certificate. The Law Society website can help you find a lawyer with a current New Zealand practising certificate. Your Quay Law immigration lawyer will be able to help you submit a complete residency application under the right visa category.

For more information and to start your immigration application, please contact the friendly Auckland immigration lawyers and consultants.

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