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New Zealand plans a new work visa system

Accredited Employer Work Visa On 1 November 2021, Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) will introduce the Accredited Employer Work Visa (“AEWV”). AEWV is a single work visa, replacing six existing work visa categories: Essential Skills...
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Parent Investment Residence

Parent Investment: New Zealand PROGRAM OVERVIEW New Zealand’s investor visa categories include the parent retirement category which allows New Zealand citizens and residents living in New Zealand an opportunity to sponsor, through investment, their...
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Investor 1 New Zealand

Golden Visa New Zealand: Investor 1 PROGRAM OVERVIEW New Zealand’s Investor 1 visa program offers permanent residence (for life) with, in some circumstances, as little as 88 days presence in New Zealand over the...
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Golden Visas: New Zealand: Investor 2

Golden Visas: New Zealand: Investor 2 PROGRAM OVERVIEW New Zealand’s Investor 2 visa program offers permanent residence (for life) with, in some circumstances, as little as 438 days presence in New Zealand over the...
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Entrepreneur visas for New Zealand?

Entrepreneur Residence Visa In recent times many have had the preconceived notion that the Entrepreneur Residence Visa Category is a relatively simple way of obtaining residence in New Zealand. Prospective applicants believe they only...
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The New Zealand Government’s Unlawful Suspension of Statutory Processes and Applications

11 September 2020 This paper focusses on the unlawful suspension of processes involving residence applicants and grantees under the Investor Categories 1 and 2.[1]  In particular the paper examines the following: The investor mid-investment...
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Entry Permission COVID-19 Rules for Married Couples

The article in The New Zealand Herald on 3 August 2020 involving a married couple, one of whom is an Australian citizen, the other a New Zealand citizen has incorrect information.  It is proposed...
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Immigration’s unlawful refusal to consider visa applicatons

Since the return to work at level one at midnight on 9 June 2020, Immigration New Zealand’s officers (at least those working within the territory of New Zealand) have been able to return to...
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Judicial Review of Post-Tribunal Ministerials

Yan Zhang v Minister of Immigration [2020] NZHC 568 (19 March 2020) In a recent decision the High Court at Auckland has confirmed that the decision of the Associate Minister of Immigration to refuse...
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New Zealand’s multi-cultural heritage: The Dalmatians

Over one hundred and fifty languages are spoken in Auckland, making it one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities.  The 2018 census reveals that 41.6% of Aucklanders were born overseas, most commonly in...
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Immigration relief measures by country during Covid-19

David Ryken’s New Zealand summary setting out our Covid-19 immigration response has been published at the International Bar Association ( as at 19 April). To read more see our library section for an up-dated...
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Investor Residence in New Zealand

Investor Residence in New Zealand New Zealand has unique residence rules. After qualifying for residence and, in the case of the investor categories, after the investment period is complete, residence is held indefinitely, without...
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