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March 23, 2020


Our border is now closed Who is affected? The New Zealand Government closed our border to almost all travellers from midnight Thursday 19 March 2020  except: New […]
March 19, 2020

COVID 19 and Pacific Legal

COVID 19: What we’re doing to ensure continued services We know this is a difficult time for our clients and employers. Pacific Legal is working to […]
March 2, 2020
Approved Immigration New Zealand application form

Partnership-based visas: meeting the living together test

Recently there have a lot of stories about declined partnership-based visa applications in the media. Discretion was removed for visitor visas for arranged marriages and other […]
December 9, 2019
Immigration Law

Interim visas: what you need to know

Pacific Legal’s successful complaint against Immigration New Zealand+ Pacific Legal recently raised concerns at situations where partnership temporary work visa applicants were being told by Immigration […]
November 18, 2019
New Zealand Visa

How Employers can support a candidates Visa application

While the application process for most temporary work visas are currently led by the candidate, by 2021, the process will be led by you, the employer.  […]
October 1, 2019

Types of visas available to migrants: Big changes ahead

Are you prepared? There are many different types of work visas. They generally fall into two types: Employer assisted. Others work visas such as graduate visas, […]
September 27, 2019

Changes to character rules pose risks for applicants and employers

You said what? – Upcoming changes to character rules pose risks for both applicants and employers If you thought “character” issues in immigration applications are just […]
August 22, 2019
Immigration and Employment law in New Zealand

Immigration and Employment law in New Zealand

When you recruit and hire migrant workers, you must comply with employment and immigration laws.  Under these laws, employers have certain responsibilities and obligations. Employers are […]
July 22, 2019
Hiring from overseas

Three things Employers need to do when hiring from Overseas

Hiring overseas workers can seem like a real challenge for employers.  Recent proposed changes to work visas have made many employers uneasy.  However, we still have […]
July 1, 2019

Get ready, get ready, get ready – Upcoming changes for employer-assisted work visas

The upcoming changes to the New Zealand immigration system will affect almost every person who holds or intends to apply for an employer-assisted work visa. A […]
May 22, 2019

How to avoid immigration processing delays with INZ

Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) processing delays can easily lead to confusion and stress for applicants. Recent publicity around the increasing delays reminds us that, while delays […]
April 29, 2019

“New NZ immigration targets slow visa processing”

Richard was interviewed by Radio NZ about how visa processing times are being manipulated to engineer fewer approvals and meet Government residence targets. Immigration New Zealand […]