8 IMMIGRATION PRO-TIPS – bite sized for your break 

1.     CONFUSED?!

If you aren’t sure, seek advice from an immigration professional before you take any further steps. Something minor can quickly turn major if you procrastinate and run out of time and resources. By seeking advice in advance, you will save yourself time, money and stress in the long run.

2.     KINDNESS.

Be kind to staff at Immigration New Zealand (“INZ”) - ultimately, they are just trying to do their jobs. Immigration Officers have a great deal of work on, including the review and consideration of a pile of applications and/or requests. By being kind, you’re making the process smoother for everyone involved. This includes shaking off a defensive attitude before approaching INZ and applying or requesting in writing with politeness, sound understanding of the substance and procedure required, clarity and, if needed, the necessary caution. By adopting this pro-tip, your application or request will stand out in that pile.


Get your application prepared well in advance. We’re talking months, not days. Though applications may vary in complexity, the complex elements require preparation.


Include all relevant documentation. If you aren’t sure which documents you need to include or how to obtain them, then ask. Application forms and guides, including information about relevant documentation, can be found here:


5.     HONESTY.

Don’t get yourself caught in a web of lies. Immigration Officers and professionalsappreciate honesty and are far more able to assist if you refrain from concealing important information. We can talk you through any issues that might arise from disclosure and assist you with taking the best course of action.  

6.     NAMES + NOTES.

Clarify the names of INZ staff you speak to, ask them to make a note on your file about the relevant conversation and jot down your own notes. This not only aids a respectful discourse between yourself and INZ but also offers certainty to everyone involved. Most INZ staff will not provide you with a surname or personalised email address, but a first name is still useful and may provide you with a useful connection in the future. You should always make notes when speaking with a member of staff at INZ, including the date and time, as it is easy to forget the details when you head straight back to work, study, bungee jumping, coffee… or anything else for that matter.


Stay updated with Immigration developments. For example, proposed upcoming changes include a Skills Shortage list, which would set up a simplified process for employers (who meet the relevant standard) to hire overseas workers in critical roles without the need for INZ to conduct a market test each time. Currently, the shortages in our construction industry are seriously slowing down the developments we need in order to solve the housing crisis and boost our economy. This is not the only industry that could be impacted by a Skills Shortage list. We will be keeping you up-to-date on our Website and Facebook.


If you are an employer, then the hiring process is different in Queenstown. Make sure you’re following the correct procedure. Go to: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/employ-migrants/hire-a-candidate/hiring-in-canterbury-and-queenstown for more information.

 If you’d like to know more or need help putting a pro-tip into action, then contact us today. All consultations with us are strictly confidential.
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