Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply?

Check the current New Zealand immigration regulations. NZ immigration criteria are frequently updated. Check to see if you meet the criteria. This page has some useful tool an information on the various visa options available for New Zealand.

Why should I use an immigration lawyer?

If you wish to make an application for a visa to New Zealand, you do not have to use an immigration lawyer. Immigration New Zealand is generally quite accessible, and you can make a visa application directly to the agency.

However, immigration policies can be complex, difficult to follow and some rules can be quite ambiguous.

As experienced immigration lawyers, we have a wealth of knowledge across all visa categories.

We understand that immigration is a stressful and time-consuming process and we always offer straightforward, honest advice on how to get residency in New Zealand.

We can assess your likelihood of obtaining a visa, help put together a strong application, and liaise with Immigration New Zealand on your behalf to save you time, money, and stress.

How long will my New Zealand visa application take?

The length of time it takes to make a decision on your visa application will depend on a number of factors, including the type of application, the Immigration New Zealand office where it is assessed, and the level of verification required.

We can give you an estimate of the time it could take to process your visa application once we’ve assessed your situation.

Can IDESI LEGAL get me a job in New Zealand?

IDESI LEGAL can provide you with contacts to reputable employment agencies in New Zealand that may be able to help you find a job. We cannot, however, find you employment in New Zealand.

Will the immigration authorities help me prepare my visa application and ensure everything is correct?

No. Immigration authorities exist to enforce the immigration law, make decisions on residence applications and to issue residence visas.

Immigration authorities or embassies are not there to help you prepare your application and make sure that everything is correct before you apply.

Immigration officers often manage hundreds of applications at once; they are busy people. The onus is on you; it is your responsibility to prove to your immigration officer that you meet the criteria for the visa you are applying for. The officers may be approachable, but it is not really their job to help you through the application process.

Although basic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalised guidance on your specific case. A qualified immigration lawyer can provide this kind of service.

Can the New Zealand immigration authorities refuse my visa, citizenship or residency application?

Yes. A surprisingly large number of applicants are unaware how strictly NZ immigration regulations are enforced. Visa and residency or citizenship applications are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors, or because applicants have submitted the wrong supporting documentation.

Save yourself time, money and stress by seeking the professional guidance and the independent advice of a qualified, experienced immigration lawyer before lodging an application.

Immigration lawyers exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze; they know how to get residency in New Zealand.

My immigration lawyer has assessed me as being eligible for residence in New Zealand. If I apply without his or her help, can I be certain of success?

No. Although you may qualify for a visa or New Zealand residence under current New Zealand immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success.

To be approved, your visa or residency application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation. The ways to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities; many applicants present their cases incorrectly and are refused a visa or residency on technical grounds.

Give yourself the best possible chance of residency in New Zealand by getting the assistance of an immigration lawyer for the entire visa or residency application process.

Call 09 283 0157 for help with how to get residency in New Zealand. IDESI LEGAL provides support with permanent residence visas, family visas, work visas, business visas, skilled migrant visas, refugee & asylum visas and visitor visas.

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