Online Immigration Lawyers
We are a specialist immigration law firm based in Hamilton, serving clients across New Zealand and abroad. Our clients come to us with a broad range of circumstances and goals. The good news is that we handle all types of cases – from quick, straightforward applications to the more complex. We recommend that you get in touch with us as early as possible in the application process, however we can step in at any time if you need help. We put your interests first and provide legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.
We understand the difficulties and stresses of moving to a new country; we’re here to help. For overseas clients, we can meet using Skype, WeChat, Messenger, and/or Line. New Zealand-based clients outside of Hamilton can also use these services. If you are in Hamilton, you can request an in-person appointment in our city office.
We do the following:
• Work with individuals and families to develop a tailor-made immigration plan;
• work with businesses to make employing overseas talent as smooth as possible;
• apply for the best possible visas for our clients, e.g. residence, work visas, student visas, and visitors visas;
• assist with New Zealand citizenship;
• make appeals to the Immigration & Protection Tribunal; and
• provide one-off, bespoke immigration advice;
– Individual applicants
– Group applications
– Limited visas for specific purposes
– High School students (and accompanying caregiver applications)
– University students
– Essential Skills
– Skills shortage (and Work to Residence)
– Post-study work
– Specific purpose work
– Working Holiday
– Skilled Migrant (and families)
– Investment categories
– Parent investment
– Permanent Residence
We also make arguments for clients who have had visas declined. We make complaints (with the goal of obtaining a visa) if a client has been treated unfairly by Immigration New Zealand.
Important information about working in New Zealand
Exploitation can occur in situations where a migrant is desperate for work and an unscrupulous employer takes advantage of their situation. If you have been granted a work visa please know that you have rights. First, you need to have an employment agreement. That agreement will set out your rights as an employee in New Zealand. In recent times, we have seen migrant exploitation in the form of underpaying (or even not paying) employees. As an employee, you have the right to the following:
• A minimum hourly rate of $17.70 (as at 1 April 2019)
• Rest and meal breaks
• An agreement between the employer and employee as to the hours to be worked; this should also be recorded in the employment agreement
• At least four weeks of annual leave (paid) after working for that employer for 12 months
• Five days of sick leave (paid) to be used on yourself or your dependants
If you think you have been denied some of your rights you should talk to your employer first. They cannot terminate your employment for asking about your rights.
Get in touch
Preferred contact method:
Please note that the most efficient method of contacting us is by email. Please send through as much information as possible, including any relevant documents.
07 808 0882
027 452 9293
15 Grantham St
* Appointments necessary
PO Box 21193