Immigration To New Zealand2018-09-25T17:38:44+12:00

Immigration To New Zealand

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We will give you in-dept advice on a clear pathway forward.

Contact us to see how we can assist you with your immigration to New Zealand.

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 www.iaa.govt.nz. 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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Our legal tips are provided by the Auckland lawyers and conveyancing specialists at Quay Law (New Zealand). These articles cover a range of legal topics and news worthy articles.

    Best Conveyancing Lawyer For Me In Today’s World: What Is Right For Me?

    Best Conveyancing Lawyer For Me?

    There are many factors to the selling, buying and refinancing of a property that cause far more trouble than you should have to face alone. A conveyance lawyer will protect you through the thick and thin of your property transaction.

    Which is the best conveyancing lawyer for me?

    “Conveyancing lawyer for me” – what does this really mean? We know that the Auckland housing market today is a touchy subject for most young homeowners-to-be. With ever-changing interest rates and many prime property purchase opportunities being snapped up faster than some of us can keep up with, home ownership can be a looming prospect for Aucklanders to face. As if this wasn’t a stressful enough situation to consider, there are many underlying factors to the selling, buying and refinancing of a property that are often overlooked, and eventually cause far more trouble than you should have to face alone. A severely underrated asset to your arsenal is the conveyance lawyer – a member of your team that is devoted to seeing that the needs and wants of all parties are met. Above all, a conveyancing lawyer ensures that the undertakings of all parties are upheld and met to the best of their ability. With all of these factors to consider, the question of “which is the best conveyancing lawyer for me” springs to mind.

    We want to assure you that no matter the interest rates you face, or how drastically the rate of property sales in Auckland fluctuate, we will be here to assist you for all your property buying, selling and refinancing obligations. As the oath keeper, you can rest assured that when working with our conveyance lawyers, all of your needs will be met with enthusiasm and remarkable results.

    Give our conveyancing lawyers a call today for all of your property selling, buying and refinancing needs.

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      Shared Homeownership Scheme: What It Means For First Home Buyers

      You might have seen the recent announcement by BNZ about their new shared homeownership scheme. So, what exactly is it and what does it mean for people who are keen to take their first step onto the property ladder? As an Auckland lawfirm specialising in property law and conveyancing, here’s our take:

      BNZ Shared Homeownership Scheme – The Details

      The BNZ shared home ownership scheme is not dissimilar to homebuying schemes which have been run in the UK and Ireland with success for a number of years.

      In summary, a first-time buyer teams up with an equity investor to co-purchase a house. The buyer invests what they can afford, with the co-investor (in this case YouOwn) investing the remainder to bring the total equity to 20%.

      The buyer then services the loan on their share of the property, as well as paying an “interest” charge to their co-investor, with the eventual aim to buy them out and own 100% of the house.

      Shared Homes Scheme – The Benefits

      • It allows you to get a foothold on the property ladder – you put up a deposit that you can afford (minimum 5%).
      • You can start to increase the % ownership you have in the property after 5 years, with no set timeframe to achieve full ownership of the house.

      Shared Ownership – Things to Consider

      • This scheme is aimed at buyers with a household income of minimum $120,000 given the price of the eligible homes.
      • It only applies to certain Auckland new-build homes at the present time.
      • As well as your mortgage repayments you pay a separate charge on the equity investment by YouOwn.
      • You’re responsible for all ownership costs such as insurance, rates and maintenance of the house.
      • You won’t be able to sell your house without agreement from the equity co-investor, although you may be able to rent it out if your circumstances change.

      As Auckland lawyers, we consider the BNZ co-ownership scheme to be an interesting new way to get on the housing ladder for first-time buyers. However, it always pays to do your research and to consider all legal aspects to ensure that it’s the right choice for you.

      Here at Quay Law, as property lawyers and conveyancers we’d be happy to help you discover if the shared homeownership scheme is right for your circumstances. If you’re looking for a lawfirm in Auckland to help with selling, purchasing or financing a home, get in touch with Quay Law today.

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        Foreign Buyer Ban NZ: What Does It Mean For You and the NZ Property Market?

        In October last year the foreign buyer ban NZ came into effect and some New Zealanders breathed a sigh of relief, but should they have? Will the foreign buyer ban NZ have any impact on property prices or overseas ownership? According to the Real Estate Sector in New Zealand, the change in property law will not help kiwis who are struggling to afford their first home. However the Associate Finance Minister David Parker says it will still help in the way of stopping Kiwis being outbid by foreign buyers.

        According the average amount of property transfers that happen each year in New Zealand, only 3% have foreign buyers. That equates to approximately 4200 houses. This number may seem small, but when you add up the total year to year, the number grows significantly, therefore these restrictions may start to have an effect on Kiwi first home buyers after all.

        Australian Property Restrictions and What They Show.

        Before these restrictions came into effect in NZ, Australia had already banned foreign ownership on existing (opposed to new) residential properties. However, they hadn’t created any restrictions for foreign trusts and corporations, which means that their laws are less strict than ours. So far, there is little evidence that shows that these restrictions have had any impact on slowing housing price inflation in Australia.

        How did foreigners react to the foreign buyer ban NZ?

        A large percentage of foreign property buyers are from China as they prefer to invest outside of China, in countries that have a more stable economy which can provide good returns on investment. Upon hearing the news of the new restrictions being put in place against foreign buyers, many Chinese jumped at their last chance to buy in NZ. There was a 59% increase in NZ property enquiries on just one of many real estate websites advertising NZ property to China.

        The foreign buyer ban NZ frees up property for Kiwis, now it’s time to find an Auckland law firm that knows real estate law.

         

        With the extra 4200 homes opening up to Kiwis each year, it’s time to look into a conveyancing law firm in Auckland to help you understand real estate law with your property transactions. Quay law can help you with purchasing, selling, conveyancing, financing and all general legal advice you could need to know. If you have found or are selling the perfect home, call Quay Law to speak to a qualified and professional conveyancing and property lawyer.


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        CONVEYANCING (RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL)

        Our property lawyers understand that property refinancing and property transfer or conveyancing transactions are diverse and can range from the sale or purchase of a residential house or apartment to something more complex. Transactions may focus on any property market be it retail, office, industrial, retirement villages, residential or rural.

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        REFINANCE, DEBT RESTRUCTURING OR CONSOLIDATION

        Loan Refinancing may refer to the replacement of an existing debt obligation with a debt obligation under different terms.

        If the replacement of debt occurs under financial distress, refinancing might be referred to as debt restructuring or debt consolidation.

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        WILLS AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

        Everyone over the age of 18 years should have a will.  This will ensure that your assets will be bequeathed to those persons or entities whom you wish to benefit from your estate. We are able to manage the administration of your assets on death and provide advice to estate executors on any legalities that may arise.

        We also provide the following ancillary services

        • Enduring Powers of Attorney
        • Powers of Attorney and Deed of Delegation
        • Matrimonial and De Facto Claims against your estate

        Call us now for wills and estate administration

        ESTATE PLANNING, TRUSTS AND ASSET PROTECTION

        We specialize in the establishment of the Trust and thereafter are able to support the ongoing management of your Trust along with your Trustees.  It is essential that your most important assets are protected during your lifetime and on your death.

         Please contact us for family trusts

        TAXATION

        Types of taxation related services include but are not limited to

        • Investment Properties
        • Income structuring
        • Income Splitting for Family
        • Pre immigration planning.

        Please contact us for Tax Lawyers

        RELATIONSHIP PROPERTY

        The drafting of a relationship property agreement requires skill, diplomacy and a good understanding of your requirements to ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved should a separation occur. We are able to assist with setting up Relationship Property Agreements and Separation Agreements.

         Please contact us for Relationship Property Agreement
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        Types of products and services we provide:

        • Leasing
        • Business Sales and Purchases
        • Business Refinancing
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        • Debt Collection
        • Partnerships
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        • Small Business Advice
        • Business and Marketing Plans
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        • Terms of trade
        • Financing
        • Franchising
        • Joint Ventures
        • Consumer protection

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        FRANCHISING

        Whether you are a franchisee or franchiser, large and small, we are able to assist you in setting up franchises, entering/buying a franchise, writing and reviewing franchise documentation and expanding franchises, in a personalised, professional and efficient manner.

        Please contact us for Franchise agreements

        IMMIGRATION

        Our lawyers in Auckland can assist you with:

        • Providing general immigration advice.
        • Attending to you visitor, work or residency visa / permit applications.

        Please contact us for NZ Immigration

         We can help you with:Rules of the Body Corporate
        Management of the Common Property
        Establishment of the Board of Trustees (the committee)
        Regulations governing the Board of Trustees
        Provide insight and objective advice on Body Corporate matters
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        SOCIAL MEDIA LAW

        Social media includes web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communication into interactive dialogue. Social media is media for social interaction as a super-set beyond social communication. Enabled by ubiquitously accessible and scalable communication techniques, social media has substantially changed the way organizations, communities, and individuals communicate. This has in turn had an impact on the law.

        Please contact us at Quay Law Remuera for Social Media Law

        CONVEYANCING, FAMILY TRUSTS AND GENERAL ADVICE

        Our lawyers based in Remuera are also able to provide advice on general New Zealand legal matters.

        If you require expertise beyond our practice, we are able to arrange this necessary expertise for you.

        Referrals to Barristers are also provided.

        Our Auckland solicitors also practice in Social Media Law.

        For more information, please contact a lawyer at Quay Law Barrister and Solicitors.

        Please contact us for General legal requirements

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