Selection of EOIs for residence under SMC and parent category

19/10/2020

The Government will continue to defer the Expression of Interest selection process for the Skilled Migrant Category and Parent Resident Category for a further 6 months. This decision will be reviewed in 2021.

The continued deferral of these EOI selections allows INZ to focus on processing applications from people who are in New Zealand or those eligible to travel here while border restrictions are in place.


Australian travel bubble

16/10/2020

From October 16, passengers from New Zealand will be able to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory without having to quarantine on arrival, as the first stage of what has been dubbed the “safe travel zone” between New Zealand and Australia.

You don’t have to be NZ resident to travel to Australia. We have a licensed Australian immigration adviser to help you deal with visa applications.

Kiwis returning to New Zealand will still need to do their 14-day stint in managed isolation.

If you want to discuss your options, feel free to contact us.

Tel: 095504321 Email: adviser@swiftvisa.co.nz


Latest INZ News regarding PhD and postgraduate students

13/10/2020

The Government is allowing up to 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to return to New Zealand to continue their studies.

The border exception includes partners and dependents, in line with current visa requirements.

Stay tuned for more information


Latest INZ News regarding Residence processing

08/10/2020

Since 22 September 2020, INZ has been allocating:

  • non-prioritised SMC and RfW applications received in March 2019, and
  • prioritised SMC and RfW applications, within 2 weeks of their submission.  

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they remain lawful if they are in New Zealand while their residence application is being decided. There will be some people who will not have their applications processed before their current temporary visa expires.

Applicants who do not meet the prioritisation criteria for allocation and are no longer eligible for another temporary visa should make a plan to depart New Zealand if they can no longer remain here lawfully.

If you want to discuss your options, feel free to contact our advisers.

Tel: 095504321 Email: adviser@swiftvisa.co.nz


Latest Covid 19 response

The Auckland region moves to Level 1 at 11:59pm on Wednesday on 7th October 2020. However, our company is still working from home. Face-to-face consultation is by appointment only. Face mask and hand sanitizer will be provided by us before the consultation.


Covid 19 response

The Auckland region is currently at Alert level 2. Our company is now working from home. If you are interested in having a consultation, we can arrange a zoom meeting. Face-to-face consultation is by appointment only. Stay safe.


Complex cases…

Our senior licensed adviser, Damon Parker specialises in difficult and complex cases. Here are some examples of recent cases worked on;


Skilled Migrant Category – Occupations not considered skilled
In two recent cases, the applicants were applying for residence under the skilled migrant category on the basis of employment in businesses selling kitchen, bathroom and plumbing supplies.

The first applicant worked for a large retail chain. They were employed as a retail manager for a regional branch. INZ considered their position to be at a lower skill level, citing the applicant’s vacations as evidence that they were not ‘pivotal’ to the operation of the branch. In response our LIA argued that the vacations were during the annual close-down periods or otherwise mandated annual and parental leave as required by employment law. The client was also requested to provide additional supporting documents. INZ approved the application.

The second applicant was employed as a Marketing Specialist working for a smaller operation that was looking to expand in to a different region. INZ carried out a site visit to verify the applicant’s employment and raised a concern that the applicant’s position did not appear to be at the required skill level because they were involved in sales. After obtaining a copy of the site visit record, our LIA had INZ disregard the site visit record as INZ had failed to take adequate contemporaneous notes. Our LIA then argued that the assessment of tasks was not correct as INZ had failed to identify the relevant ANZSCO tasks for a Marketing Specialist and that a sales component is not incompatible with a marketing role per KB (Skilled Migrant) [2016] NZIPT 203065 at [43]. The client was also requested to provide additional supporting documents. INZ approved the application.

Procedural errors
Our senior LIA also specialises in complaints to INZ regarding procedural failures;

Flawed character waiver assessment
In more than one case, our clients had their student visa applications declined due to character issues. After reviewing the clients INZ files, our LIA determined that INZ had taken irrelevant factors in to account when considering whether to grant character waivers. When our LIA complained, INZ agreed to open new applications for free and the applicants were able to successfully obtain student visas.

Flawed assessment of client’s overstay circumstances
Our client had their student visa declined as they had recently overstayed the validity of their visa. The client’s attempts to regularise their status in New Zealand had failed and they were now applying from off shore. After reviewing the client’s INZ file our LIA discovered a number of factual errors had been made when considering relevant information. When our LIA complained INZ agreed to open a new application for free. Our client and their previous LIA were asked for additional information and they were able to successfully obtain a student visa.

The above cases highlight the value of an experienced LIA who is knowledgeable in INZ policies and processes as well as relevant case law.