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The Employment Relations Authority has upheld a claim by the Labour Inspector for a penalty to be imposed against an employer who operated a milk distribution business.
The employer signed an employment agreement bearing incorrect details relating to their employee’s job title and hourly rate in order to get her a work visa. In return the employer required the employee to pay $7,000 plus an additional $284.45 a week… Continue reading
A company was finding it difficult to recruit staff, and so offered employment to a competitor’s employee. The employer assumed that the employee would be able to work for the company under the terms of the employee’s visa because the job title was the same. That assumption was incorrect.
The employer then engaged an immigration expert to sort out the employee’s visa. Luckily, the immigration adviser was able to… Continue reading
A New Zealand business was pleased to offer employment to a bright and talented English job applicant who interviewed well, and proved her working holiday visa allowed her to work in New Zealand.
The new employee worked well with the team, and her business acumen pushed profits up. The employer was happy with the employee, and she loved the relaxed Kiwi lifestyle. Unfortunately, after 12 months the employer found itself in… Continue reading
Recently, we had a client who had lost a number of experienced New Zealand staff due to a hot job market. With new contracts coming in, our client needed several new workers to meet production demands. We recommended that our client apply for ‘approval in principle’ to bring in a number of overseas workers. Approval in principle sped up the visa process when qualified workers were found overseas.
It… Continue reading
From 15 January 2014, student visa holders have been given increased rights to work in New Zealand.
All students who are studying for at least one academic year are now able to work full-time during all scheduled breaks, rather than just over the summer holiday period.
English language students are now able to work for 20 hours per week during the term time, provided they are studying for… Continue reading
From March 2014, the Long Term Business Visa will be replaced with the newly-named Entrepreneur Work Visa, and a new points system will be introduced for applicants.
Applicants will be required to make a minimum capital investment of $100,000, and points will also be offered for criteria including job creation, export potential, business experience, and investment outside of Auckland.
It will be possible for senior immigration staff to… Continue reading
Jenny and Jack are two friends from Ireland wanting to work (and eventually live) in New Zealand. Jenny is a plumber, and Jack a newly-qualified teacher.
Jenny finds work with a drainlaying company based in Wellington, and is told by her potential employer that he holds an “Employer Licence”. Jenny checks the public register and finds that her employer is registered. However, she is unsure if this means that… Continue reading
The recent case of the South African chef denied a visa due to his weight and knee condition has received considerable media coverage. Also in the media to a lesser extent has been the plight of a Northland garage owner, declined a residence visa due to a heart condition.
It is not uncommon for people to proceed through life with unseen medical conditions, which they themselves may not even… Continue reading
With many baby boomers now approaching retirement age in New Zealand, it is possible that there will soon be a ‘glut’ of businesses for sale on the New Zealand market. This presents a potential opportunity for many prospective migrants, if they are aware of the requirements, and potential pitfalls, of the business visa categories.
A common downfall of long-term business visa applications is a failure to put sufficient effort… Continue reading
Immigration applications can often present a logistical challenge. The adviser, applicant and employer or sponsor may be in different countries, all needing to co-ordinate the paperwork amongst themselves and sign the necessary documents. For many applicants, the extra expense and delays are a headache they can do without at an already stressful time.
The Immigration Global Management System (IGMS), which is currently being rolled out by Immigration New Zealand… Continue reading
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