Saunders & Co Immigration Lawyers

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Saunders & Co Lawyers’ specialist New Zealand immigration team provides expert advice on all areas of immigration law including temporary visa applications, residence applications, settlement & structuring from overseas, appeals, & deportation liability

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Reading the fine print in INZ’s “family reunification” border exceptions 20/04/2021

Reading the fine print in INZ’s “family reunification” border exceptions

INZ has announced 3 new border exception categories, to allow temporary visa holders in New Zealand to be reunited with family members stuck offshore. While this comes as exciting news for people who have been split from their families for more than a year, the actual scope of these exceptions is not as wide as it may seem.

Please see our article for a detailed breakdown of the criteria, to find out whether you and your family will be able to be reunited under these new exception classes.

- Julia

Reading the fine print in INZ’s “family reunification” border exceptions 20 April 2021 Reading the fine print in INZ’s “family reunification” border exceptions The Minister of Immigration has made a much-anticipated announcement regarding New Zealand’s border closure. Three new classes of border exception have been introduced; as of 30 April 2021, the partners an...

Immigration New Zealand releases sleepover hours guidelines 13/04/2021

Immigration New Zealand releases sleepover hours guidelines

INZ has made an important announcement regarding sleepover rates, clarifying how these will be assessed as part of applications for Essential Skills work visas and Skilled Migrant Category resident visas.

Please see our article for further information. This is a particularly important read for anyone working in the aged or residential care industry who is planning to apply for a visa under one of these categories.

- Cam

Immigration New Zealand releases sleepover hours guidelines 13 April 2021 Immigration New Zealand releases sleepover hours guidelines Immigration New Zealand has released a new Visa Pak this month, clarifying its position on sleepover hours in the aged and residential care industry. In line with the new Visa Pak, case officers will factor sleepover hours in...

Announcement about Skilled Migrant Category delayed… again 31/03/2021

Announcement about Skilled Migrant Category delayed… again

INZ had indicated that an update on the Skilled Migrant Category was to be provided this month, with this category having been effectively suspended for the last 12 months. For now, the situation remains unchanged, but a further announcement is expected in April.

- Cam

Announcement about Skilled Migrant Category delayed… again 31 March 2021 Announcement about Skilled Migrant Category delayed… again Immigration New Zealand recently held a webinar, with the promise that it would include an update about a number of important areas including how it intends to address the 7,000 or more EOIs currently in the pool awaiting an ...

15/03/2021

Effective from March 2021 INZ has removed the start date criteria for critical health workers seeking border exceptions to travel to New Zealand, with the aim of improving certainty for health workers and their NZ employers. This means that this border exception class has now opened up to all who meet the definition of “critical health worker”, regardless of when they are set to begin working. This also applies to internationally-qualified nurses enrolled in CAP courses.

- Julia

Those seeking to enter New Zealand as critical health workers will now have an extra 3 months to do so. INZ has extended the border exception for critical health workers; previously applicants needed to have a start date before 31 December 2020. This has now been extended to 31 March 2021, to assist with recruitment before the summer period and allow extra time for applicants to complete managed isolation and quarantine.
- Rebecca

02/03/2021

Our next migrant webinar is almost here!
It will be taking place 4 March 2021 at 8am New Zealand time, (3 March 7pm London time), so register below to make sure that you don't miss out.

Our next investor migrant webinar is open for registrations. Jennifer Bensley and Julia Johnston will discuss the immigration pathways and associated tax issues for investor migrants, and will be joined by Trevor Chanter of INZ, David Fussell and Nathan Latimer of JBWere and Geraldine Collett of Halo Financial Limited.

This is a free webinar, and while timed to suit the UK/European time zone, will be applicable to anyone embarking on the investor visa pathway.

You can register through the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9016123966106/WN_y8vHGAVIQa-bY4A3YKx9fw

#Immigration #investment #investorvisa #NewZealand #Migranttax #investortax #financialadvice #foreignexchange #Immigrationlawyers #taxlawyer #tax #newzealandinvestor #migration

Two changes announced to grant reprieve to visitor visa holders 19/02/2021

Two changes announced to grant reprieve to visitor visa holders

The Government's latest announcement brings good news for visitors to New Zealand wanting to stay here for longer while the COVID-19 pandemic continues; please see the below article for details on the changes that have been announced and how they may impact you.

- Julia

Two changes announced to grant reprieve to visitor visa holders 20 February 2021 Two changes announced to grant reprieve to visitor visa holders The Government has announced two temporary measures impacting visitor visa holders, to grant some relief to those who are currently in New Zealand on visitor visas and who wish to remain here for longer, rather than ret...

INZ announces three new skilled dairy farming roles 11/02/2021

INZ announces three new skilled dairy farming roles

Great news for migrant workers in the dairy farming industry today, with INZ's announcement of three new skilled dairy farming roles. This will open up a pathway to residence under the Skilled Migrant Category for many in the industry. Please see our post for further details.

- Cam

INZ announces three new skilled dairy farming roles 11 February 2021 INZ announces three new skilled dairy farming roles Changes are being made to residence and work visa immigration instructions, to recognise Assistant Dairy Farm Managers and Dairy Herd Managers as skilled roles. This will mean that people employed in these occupations will now have...

10/02/2021

Our next investor migrant webinar is open for registrations. Jennifer Bensley and Julia Johnston will discuss the immigration pathways and associated tax issues for investor migrants, and will be joined by Trevor Chanter of INZ, David Fussell and Nathan Latimer of JBWere and Geraldine Collett of Halo Financial Limited.

This is a free webinar, and while timed to suit the UK/European time zone, will be applicable to anyone embarking on the investor visa pathway.

You can register through the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9016123966106/WN_y8vHGAVIQa-bY4A3YKx9fw

#Immigration #investment #investorvisa #NewZealand #Migranttax #investortax #financialadvice #foreignexchange #Immigrationlawyers #taxlawyer #tax #newzealandinvestor #migration

Our next investor migrant webinar is open for registrations. Jennifer Bensley and Julia Johnston will discuss the immigration pathways and associated tax issues for investor migrants, and will be joined by Trevor Chanter of INZ, David Fussell and Nathan Latimer of JBWere and Geraldine Collett of Halo Financial Limited.

This is a free webinar, and while timed to suit the UK/European time zone, will be applicable to anyone embarking on the investor visa pathway.

You can register through the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9016123966106/WN_y8vHGAVIQa-bY4A3YKx9fw

#Immigration #investment #investorvisa #NewZealand #Migranttax #investortax #financialadvice #foreignexchange #Immigrationlawyers #taxlawyer #tax #newzealandinvestor #migration

29/01/2021

𝗜𝗡𝗭'𝘀 "𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗽𝘀" 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 - 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄.

In the wake of the recent media announcements regarding INZ mistakenly advising certain individuals they were eligible for extensions when they were not, we are fielding a number of queries from concerned migrants seeking clarification.

The policy around these extensions can certainly be confusing as each extension wave that has been implemented has had slightly different parameters.

To try and give some clarity to those now questioning whether they are entitled to a visa extension or not, we have summarised below those that will be affected by INZ's error.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆

Anyone on an employer-assisted visa (where the grant of the visa required an offer of employment) with an expiry date between 1 January and 30 June, is eligible for an extension and their onshore partners and children are too.

The issue is that INZ has sent emails to family members where the main visa holder isn't on an employer-assisted visa, or their expiry date isn't within that timeframe, meaning they won't receive an extension, and thus their family members won't either.

If you think you are affected by this miscommunication from INZ, please get in touch and we can confirm whether or not you are eligible for the extension.

- Jen

𝗜𝗡𝗭'𝘀 "𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗽𝘀" 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 - 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄.

In the wake of the recent media announcements regarding INZ mistakenly advising certain individuals they were eligible for extensions when they were not, we are fielding a number of queries from concerned migrants seeking clarification.

The policy around these extensions can certainly be confusing as each extension wave that has been implemented has had slightly different parameters.

To try and give some clarity to those now questioning whether they are entitled to a visa extension or not, we have summarised below those that will be affected by INZ's error.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆

Anyone on an employer-assisted visa (where the grant of the visa required an offer of employment) with an expiry date between 1 January and 30 June, is eligible for an extension and their onshore partners and children are too.

The issue is that INZ has sent emails to family members where the main visa holder isn't on an employer-assisted visa, or their expiry date isn't within that timeframe, meaning they won't receive an extension, and thus their family members won't either.

If you think you are affected by this miscommunication from INZ, please get in touch and we can confirm whether or not you are eligible for the extension.

- Jen

saundersimmigration.co.nz 14/01/2021

New border exception to allow 1000 international students to re-enter New Zealand

The first immigration policy update of 2021 has today been announced, in the form of a new border closure exception category to allow international students stuck offshore to return to New Zealand and resume studying this year. Please see the below post for further details.

- Julia

saundersimmigration.co.nz 14 January 2021 New border exception to allow 1000 international students to re-enter New Zealand Expanding on the earlier border exception announced in October 2020 which allowed up to 250 PhD and Master’s students to enter New Zealand to complete their study, the Government has today approved a ...

beehive.govt.nz 20/12/2020

Comprehensive visa changes allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages

Hot off the press!
- Further 6 month extensions
- No wage threshold increase for at least 6 months
- A stay on stand down periods until January 2022
- 6 month extensions to working holiday visas and restrictions relaxed on work duration

The full details from the press release are linked below.

beehive.govt.nz Six month extension for employer-assisted work visa holders

immigrationlawyersnz.co.nz 18/12/2020

INZ Staying the Course for Offshore Visa Applications

In an update to our article below, INZ have confirmed that the current suspension on the lodgement and processing of most offshore visa applications, has been extended until May 2021.

This suspension is reviewed on a monthly basis and so developments with COVID-19 and the roll out of vaccines could see this, and the list of available border exceptions, change on short notice.

As always, as soon as we receive any updates on policy, we will pass that information on.

In the meantime, we are here to assist and advise during this time of uncertainty.

- Jen

immigrationlawyersnz.co.nz 3 September 2020 INZ Staying the Course for Offshore Visa Applications INZ has provided an update this week that all of its offshore processing offices, aside from Apia, remain closed. Due to the current border restrictions in effect INZ is not currently processing visa applications for individuals....

01/12/2020

As of 1 December, the 'undersupply' list has been updated meaning that visa applications to work in certain occupations in Queenstown will no longer require the inclusion of a skills match report from MSD, even if for roles that are paying less than $25.50 per hour.

Those occupations include:
351311 - Executive Chef, Head Chefs, Sous Chefs, Chef de Partie, Commis Chef
351411 - Cook
431111/ 431511 - Restaurant supervisor
431511 - Waiter
431111 - Bartender
431112 - Barista
851299 - Butchery assistant
851211 - Bakery assistant
851299 - Food trades assistant
851111 - Fast food cook ​
851311 - Kitchenhand
431411 - Concierge
542113 - Hotel or Motel Receptionist
811211 - Cleaner
431912 - Porter
811511 - Laundry Attendant
811411 - Housekeeper
452299 - Outdoor Adventure Guide
452217 - Raft Guides
452214 - Canyon Guide
451412 - Tour Guide

Employers must still advertise their vacancies and demonstrate they have made genuine attempts to attract and recruit suitable New Zealanders, but do not need to engage specifically with MSD if the vacancy is for an occupation on the undersupply list.

It is worth noting that the undersupply list is subject to change so always check the list for the most current information on what advertising methods are required.

- Jen

23/11/2020

Those seeking to enter New Zealand as critical health workers will now have an extra 3 months to do so. INZ has extended the border exception for critical health workers; previously applicants needed to have a start date before 31 December 2020. This has now been extended to 31 March 2021, to assist with recruitment before the summer period and allow extra time for applicants to complete managed isolation and quarantine.
- Rebecca

03/11/2020

We are hosting an upcoming webinar with guest speakers from Immigration New Zealand and JBWere on 18 November discussing how investment can open the doors to New Zealand. If you are interested in attending, or know someone that might be, feel free to pass on the link for registration https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2416040226440/WN_xFhX7cw-S_uiMEagPOKhZw

29/10/2020

INZ has extended the suspension on temporary visa applications for applicants who are outside New Zealand.

This suspension was first announced in July, to take effect from 10 August to 10 November. Following INZ’s announcement yesterday, it has been extended for a further 3 months to February 2021.

This is not a surprising move from INZ; the reason for the suspension is that offshore applicants are unlikely to meet entry requirements due to the border closure, and therefore cannot be granted visas. Until the border reopens or the entry criteria change to allow entry to all offshore applicants, it is likely that the suspension will be extended again next year and those offshore will remain unable to submit applications.

The following visa types are not affected and can still be applied for from offshore:

• relationship-based visas for partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents
• visas for diplomatic, consular and official staff and accompanying dependants
• Antarctic Traveller Visitor visas and Antarctic Work visas
• Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Limited visas.

- Julia

19/10/2020

Yesterday, INZ announced that selections of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category and Parent Category will be deferred for another 6 months.

Selections of EOIs under these categories have been suspended since March 2020. While new EOIs can still be submitted, they are not currently being selected and invitations to apply are not being issued. Yesterday’s announcement means no selections will be made until April 2021 at the earliest. The government will review this decision next year.

This news will be particularly concerning to those who have already submitted an EOI or were considering doing so, but face losing their eligibility in the next 6 months (eg those who will turn 56 between now and April, or who will not meet the pay threshold if it increases to $27.00 per hour before EOI selections resume). INZ has yet to offer any information about how applicants in this position will be treated, however we are continuing to push for clarification and will post updates here as they become available.

In the meantime, our advice to those who wish to pursue residence and meet the current eligibility criteria, is to submit an EOI despite the suspension. By doing so, applicants place themselves in the best position possible to have their EOI processed promptly once EOI selections resume, and to potentially avail themselves of any leniency INZ may be willing to afford to those with EOIs already submitted, should policy changes occur in the meantime.

For advice on eligibility for residence or about the process of submitting an EOI, please contact us.
- Julia

immigrationlawyersnz.co.nz 16/10/2020

What does the future hold for international students with their study goals set on New Zealand?

Following this week’s announcement that a limited border exemption would be allowed for 250 pre-approved PhD and Masters students, INZ hosted a webinar on its current position on international students, which we took the opportunity to attend. Read the article below for the key takeaways.
- Adele

immigrationlawyersnz.co.nz 16 October 2020 What does the future hold for international students with their study goals set on New Zealand? Following this week’s announcement that a limited border exemption would be allowed for 250 pre-approved PHD and Masters students, INZ hosted a webinar on their current position on inter...

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