REPRESENTATION FOR COMPLEX IMMIGRATION MATTERS
Types of Complex Immigration Matters
We offer advice and representation on many issues you may encounter in the immigration system. Here are just a few of our specialities:
If your current visa application has been declined, but you still have a valid visa and believe the declined application was an unfair decision, you can opt for a reconsideration within 14 days. This option is available for lawful migrants to express their concerns on the decision-making, and the visa application will be reconsidered by a new Immigration Officer. If there are good reasons as to why the decision was incorrect in the first place, the new visa will be granted to get you back on track. We have achieved successful reconsiderations for all types of temporary visas including Post-Study Work Visas and Partnership Visas, with a high approval rate.
If your visa has been declined and you were on an interim visa, you have 21 days until your interim visa expires and you become unlawful in the country. If you did not put in a reconsideration request within 14 days, or you did and this was unsuccessful, you can apply for a visa under Section 61 to explain your circumstances and request acceptance of the application. The decision whether or not to grant a visa under Section 61 is at the absolute discretion of the Immigration Officer and no reasons will be provided for either accepting or refusing the application. We speak the right language for successful Section 61 requests, and have helped some people come back from very dire situations.
If your residence application has been declined, you can appeal against the decision to the Immigration & Protection Tribunal (IPT). The IPT is a separate body that will evaluate your comments and decide whether Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has been fair in declining the application. You will be surprised to know that around 50% of IPT cases are successful - meaning the tribunal decides that INZ should re-evaluate the application. In these cases, the applicant gets a further chance to be assessed for residence.
If you have been served with a deportation liability notice (DLN), you can appeal the notice if you believe there are compelling reasons why you should not be deported. Once an initial assessment is done, we can advise you whether to proceed with the DLN appeal and represent you in the case. We have successfully argued for DLN responses to be considered and had the DLN cancelled.
If you have been treated unfairly by INZ, you may have a case which justifies Ministerial Intervention. We can lodge your Ministerial appeal to the Associate Minister of Immigration. Ministerial Intervention can be extremely influential when making a case for a visa application with INZ.