Why Choose Turner Hopkins?
- Our skill and expertise – we guarantee to provide realistic and practical advice.
- The ability to determine the level of assistance you require - whether you just want the occasional help with your own application; or a full service to assist in all aspects of your application – we won’t sell you a service or level of service you don’t need.
- You can control costs by paying only for the actual service and time that you use.
- Highly professional and personal service.
- Timely advice – we understand that timing can be crucial.
Visas for New Zealand are highly sought after, but applying for them can be a stressful, complex and time consuming process. The stakes are high and the cost of failure severe. We understand that New Zealand Immigration visa application services need to be treated with the highest priority and the greatest of care.
Our Immigration Services
Turner Hopkins offers the highest level of immigration advice and expertise in the following areas:
- Assessments of eligibility – to ensure that the goal, be it a visitor visa or residence, is realistic and achievable;
- Representation for and assistance with applications for all visa categories;
- Business Visas – including assistance in business plans and associated legal, taxation and regulatory work relating to the immigrant's business;
- Development of immigration tools for employers to assist with recruitment and to protect against breaches of the Immigration Act;
- Assistance and intervention in cases involving medical or character issues;
- Representation and assistance for those facing deportation action.
Immigration Tool Kits for Employers
The Immigration Act 2009 imposes substantial obligations on employers to ensure employees are lawfully able to work. Reasonable enquiries must now be made and due diligence exercised. Ignorance is no longer an excuse.
Fines for employers breaching the Immigration Act 2009 are significant. With fines of up to $100,000, and the potential for imprisonment for offences relating to exploitation of workers, Turner Hopkins can offer comprehensive Immigration advice in creating appropriate documentation and systems for Human Resource Teams to eliminate the possibility of inadvertent breaches of the law.
We provide assistance in the recruitment of foreign nationals into your business. We assess potential employees’ eligibility for residence and work visas. We can prepare and lodge work visa applications for the employee and visa applications for his or her family members;. We can make application to Immigration New Zealand for an employer to gain accreditation status and approval to recruit foreign workers.
Is Your Application In Trouble?
On occasions even the most straightforward Visa applications run into problems. Those problems can be medical conditions or criminal convictions, or visa officers misapplying the instructions or assessing you as not eligible for the visa you applied for. Quick intervention can often save an application from being declined.
Our team has experience in dealing with cases involving complex medical and character waivers, and problems with labour market tests.
Overstayer & Deportation
A common problem facing many potential migrants is ensuring that they do not let their visa expire while in New Zealand. This may happen unintentionally and the affected immigrant may experience real difficulty in understanding how to resolve this complex issue.
We are able to provide practical and effective advice as to the options available.
Help is often needed very urgently. We pride ourselves on the compassionate and professional manner in which we are able to deal with these difficult issues.
We understand the difficult and distressing time faced by people faced with the threat of deportation. We recommend that you contact us urgently if you need assistance on this issue.
Under current Immigration laws it’s very easy for visa holders to become liable for deportation through minor criminal convictions or breaching the conditions of their visa. Many visa holders don’t realise that if the basis upon which their visa was granted disappears, they become liable for deportation.That can include the ending of a relationship for those who holder a partnership based visa; or the loss of a job for a work visa holder.
We can assist with timely, practical advice in such situations.
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Who decides on the criteria for a visa to New Zealand?
The criteria are set by the New Zealand Government. The Immigration Policy (known as "instructions") is laid out in a very comprehensive Operational Manual.
What are the categories for applications of residency?
There are many categories of residence instructions. Those most often used are:
These are available to those seeking to establish and operate a business, or invest capital in New Zealand. There are sub categories, these are:
Investor 1 and 2
Entrepreneur Work and Residence Visa
Available to those seeking re-unification with family members (including children and partners) already in New Zealand or who are citizens or residence visa holders. These cases are often considered the easy ones. But they are often the cases that encounter problems.
New Zealand citizens or residents who have obtained residence as the partner of the principle applicant or under partnership instruction can face restrictions on their ability to bring a new partner or spouse to New Zealand.
Recent changes to acceptance criteria have restricted the ability of parents to join resident children. The use of the Expression of Interest process for parents can cause long delays. Errors in the Expression of Interest can often result in the residence visa application being declined and rights of appeal being lost.
This is available to those with recognised qualifications and skills. The process is on a 'points' system, which is complex. The system is geared towards those who have jobs that are considered skilled.
Many people miscalculate their points using self-assessment tools. Mistakes made in the Expression of Interest can often cause the permanent residence application to be declined.
Residence from work
This is a special category allowing a person to work their way to gaining residence. This is limited to those with highly sought skills and qualifications or job offers carrying a set level salary from employers who have gained a special status with Immigration New Zealand.
Why are some visas declined or encounter problems?
Some of the reasons immigration applications have problems include medical conditions, criminal convictions or visa officers misapplying the instructions. If these are handled quickly, it can often save an application from being declined.
What types of temporary visas are available for New Zealand?
These are available in order to facilitate the access of NZ employers and New Zealand industry to global skills and knowledge.
There are also policies relating to partners of New Zealanders and partners of work visa holders.
These are available to those (school age and older) wanting to study in New Zealand. Guardians accompanying school age children are also eligible for a temporary visa.
Visitor visas / Limited purpose visas
These are available to those coming to New Zealand for holidays, family or special events. Visitor visa applicants must prove they are only here for a short time and have funds to cover their stay (a monetary bond may be required).
Can I get sponsored by a business?
Companies don't usually need to "sponsor" a worker. Most of the time all that is needed is a formal job offer and (for a work visa) evidence they cannot find a local candidate to do the job. Sponsorship is usually only requested if there are perceived "risks" with the application.
The starting point - you need a job offer. Under New Zealand law this must be in writing usually known as an Individual Employment Agreement ("IEA") or Collective Agreement.
We can assist employers with clauses suited to Immigration processes. We can also review IEA's for migrants unfamiliar with New Zealand labour laws to ensure they receive all their entitlements.
What are the fines for employers breaching the Immigration Act?
Penalties for employers breaching the Immigration Act 2009 are significant with heavy fines and the possibility of imprisonment for offences relating to exploitation of workers.
Immigration New Zealand actively examines employer records to monitor compliance with labour laws. They have significant power to enter a work place and force records to be handed over for inspection.
A failure to check an employee's immigration status has severe consequences. There is no acceptable excuse given the facilities made available by Immigration New Zealand to allow such checks to be made.
Employers need to have sound processes to ensure work visas are checked and expiry dates monitored.
Poor record keeping especially regarding time and wages can often cause significant problems. Failure to observe labour and immigration laws can cause work and residence visas to be declined. Precautions can also occur.
Our experienced employment law and immigration teams can provide assistance in these areas.
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