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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TIER ONE PARENT CATEGORY VISA

Parent Category applications are part of what is known as the ‘Capped Family Stream’ of the New Zealand Residence Program. The current Parent Category was introduced on 30 July 2012. Potential applicants submit an Expression of Interest to Immigration New Zealand and must be invited to apply before a residence application can be submitted. This category is a two-tiered system. Residence is granted under the requirements of either Tier One or Tier Two. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00
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TOP 5 TAX ISSUES FOR IMMIGRANTS

Thinking of migrating to New Zealand? You have probably thought of tax issues, but no-one in your country of origin is an expert on New Zealand taxation. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00

BUSINESS VISITORS: DO I NEED A VISA?

If you are visiting New Zealand for three months or less, and you are from a visa waiver country (see link below for a list of visa waiver countries), you will not need to apply for a visitor visa before arriving in New Zealand as long as the purpose of the visit is for a 'lawful purpose'. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 16:00

DID YOU KNOW THAT A DRINK-DRIVING CONVICTION COULD GET YOU DEPORTED?

Many people have been caught by a law which allows Immigration to try to deport residents who have committed very minor offences. It’s quite easy to get into this situation and a lot harder to get out. Click the heading above to find out more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00

CHANGES TO POLICY MEAN EXISTING BUSINESS VISA HOLDERS MAY MISS OUT WHEN APPLYING FOR RESIDENCE

There have been some new residence criteria introduced by Immigration New Zealand which may impact on Long Term Business Visa (LTBV) holders. Click the heading above to find out more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00

ENTREPRENEUR VISAS - ARE THEY FOR YOU?

If you’re an experienced businessperson interested in being self-employed in your own business, the entrepreneur visas could be for you. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00

SAY GOODBYE TO LONG TERM BUSINESS VISA

December 20th 2013 was the last day for submission of Long Term Business Visa applications. The replacement Visa (to be called Entrepreneur Work Visa) will not be introduced before March 2014. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00

IMMIGRATION LAW TO CHANGE TO PROTECT MIGRANT WORKERS

Stories about employers exploiting migrant workers by removing their passports, making them live in substandard housing and work for much less than the minimum wage have appeared with disheartening frequency in the media lately. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has issued warnings to a number of employers for exploitation and employment of illegal workers, but has been powerless to do more.
Written by Shima Grice, Michelle Carabine at 10:00

Immigration News: Label-less Visas

Immigration New Zealand has provided the following information about the implementation of label-less visas for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. From 11 November 2013, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will be granting label-less visas when approving temporary (visitor, student and work) visa applications for nationals of Japan, applying from their home country. Label-less visas for nationals of South Korea and Taiwan who apply from their home countries and are approved temporary visas will be implemented shortly thereafter.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 14:00
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THE ENVIRONMENT COURT CLARIFIES HOW LONG LANDOWNERS HAVE TO COMPLETE THEIR SUBDIVISIONS

When a subdivision consent is issued and does not specify its duration, the Resource Management Act (the Act) says that the consent lapses 5 years after it commences unless it is given effect to. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Michelle Carabine at 09:00
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