Ryken and Associates leading immigration lawyers remains open for business during Covid-19, with all staff working from home. We are lodging visa applications and getting others ready. Although not yet announced we may come out of level 4 and be able to re-open our office on or about 23 April (depending on the government’s decision to be announced on 20 April)
Immigration New Zealand has announced that certain temporary visas will be automatically extended, however, when current restrictions are lifted, Immigration New Zealand will be extremely busy dealing with new visa applications. This is why we strongly encourage you to arrange a consultation with one of our team to discuss you visa options, and to lodge your visa application now as opposed to waiting until Immigration New Zealand returns to normal operations.
Immigration New Zealand generally operates on a first come first served basis. Meaning that visa applications are generally processed in date received order, but only if the application is complete and all requirements are met. This is why we strongly encourage you to contact our team now with a view to making your visa application as soon as possible, so that your visa application is in the queue as soon as possible
New Zealand has proven itself to be a society that cares for its vulnerable. Although there will be an enforced period of 2 week’s self-isolation upon arrival for some time, we believe that New Zealand will need to continue to attract highly skilled workers and that our companies will want to recruit overseas specialist and corporate personnel to get the country up and running once we come out of lock-down (level 4). Further, New Zealand will remain a highly attractive destination for investors and family.
There is a brief description of visa options in our immigration section on our website. However, if you would like more detailed information please do not hesitate to send us a first contact email, which of course will be treated in confidence.