• Immigration Problems

    Immigration Problems

If you are in NZ illegally, have problems with a current application or face other immigration issues, we can help.

We understand how frightening this is and can help to resolve things in the best way for you and your family. We are kind, non-judgmental and proactive when dealing with any immigration problem and we will support you from the moment you contact us.

If Immigration New Zealand has concerns about your application they may send you a Potentially Prejudicial Information Letter (PPI). This is a formal letter with a deadline for response which highlights the concerns they have. If these concerns are not adequately and completely addressed your visa application will likely be declined. Having a visa declined can impact on future applications here and around the world.

At NZ Visa Connections we understand how very high the stakes are if you receive a PPI letter and we are skilled at identifying exactly what action is needed. Your case will be treated urgently and we will quickly assess the best response to Immigration New Zealand.   You may not realise that it is the visa applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary information has been provided to the immigration officer. Immigration New Zealand will not expend much effort in identifying what your application lacks and asking you to submit it. You may only get one chance and it is vital that your PPI response is clear and complete, with the appropriate evidence to back up any claims.

NZ Visa Connections has had great success in rescuing failing visa applications. We will prepare a clear, detailed PPI response which contains all relative substantive information in a way that makes it easy for Immigration New Zealand to approve your visa.  If you have received a Potentially Prejudicial Information Letter or would like to know more about the process and the pitfalls that you should be aware of,  contact us.  Character Issues
To be granted a visa in New Zealand, you must be of good character, you must not threaten New Zealand’s international reputation nor pose a security threat to the country

In order to meet this good character threshold, you must meet the good character requirements. If you will be in NZ for longer than 24 months or want to apply for residence, Immigration New Zealand requires you to provide specific police certificates with your application. These help to evidence your god character. It’s easy to provide the wrong one and delay your application. The character requirements in place with Immigration New Zealand relate to any previous criminal history you may have, as well as any issues you have had with immigration departments around the world. A common character issue that come up often is a conviction for drink driving. Some character issues may make you ineligible for a visa. The character requirements are slightly different depending on whether you are applying for a temporary visa (such as visitor, student or work visas), or applying for residency.

If you do have character issues; seeking the support of an immigration professional is vital. Your application needs to be carefully managed and you may need to start preparing relevant evidence many months in advance of a visa application. NZ Visa Connections can assist you to circumvent you character issue by applying for a character waiver on your behalf.

What is a character waiver?

When you are applying for your visa, it is essential that you declare any relevant information about potential character issues upfront. This includes historical incidents that may have occurred years ago. Please note, overseas clean state laws do not apply for a visa in New Zealand and you must still declare any charges you have which fall under this. If in doubt, we would always recommend you disclose your conviction.

Once your application is seen by an Immigration Officer, they will attempt to establish whether you are of good character. They will send you a Potentially Prejudicial Information letter, known as a PPI letter, outlining the reasons why they believe you are not of good character. You will then have the chance to reply to this with an explanation & request they issue you with a character waiver.

There are different good character thresholds depending on what visa you are applying for. NZ Visa Connections understands these in depth and has special expertise in presenting your character waiver request in the best possible light. We can seek information from services you have worked with to address issues you face, refer to you to relevant agencies and advocate strongly with the correct evidence to enable Immigration New Zealand to grant that critical waiver. Unlawful in NZ If you are unlawfully in New Zealand we recommend that you immediately seek professional advice. Delays in doing so can complicate your situation even further and lead to deportation.  We know that migrants can become unlawful through no fault of their own, sometimes just by being victims of circumstance or misguidance. Sometimes migrants can’t face the thought of regularising their immigration status or feel frozen and unable to act in case they make things worse. We will kindly and clearly assess your situation and help you understand what steps you can take to solve the problem.

Becoming unlawful and failing to address the situation can seriously impact your ability to remain in New Zealand permanently and also impact on your options for migrating elsewhere. Please speak to us and ask for support and assistance to escape your unlawful status.

Medical Issues

All non residents or citizens should have an Acceptable Standard of Health before they travel to NZ. If you will be in NZ for longer than 12 months or want to apply for residence you will need to provide a Chest x-ray and General Medical before you can be granted a visa.

If Immigration New Zealand believe you may not have an Acceptable Standard of Health they will refer you to one of their specialist medical assessors. The purpose of this referral is to determine whether your health condition is likely to endanger public health or place significant demands or costs on New Zealand’s health services. We are well versed in identifying which medical conditions might cause delays with the medical assessors. We work with you to seek further medical opinions to prove that you do meet the Acceptable Standard of Health criteria Many migrants applying for work visas are not aware that they must be healthy enough to undertake the requirements of the job they are applying for. It is also important to note that your ability to pay for private health care, access private health insurance or have their health costs met by a third party will not be taken into consideration by Immigration New Zealand.

It is important to present your health issue effectively to Immigration New Zealand and seek a medical waiver if you need to. If you have a known medical issue or if Immigration New Zealand has written to you raising a medical concern, please get in touch as soon as possible for our expert help.

  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

  • "My experience has truly been nothing short of easy and amazing. NZ Visa Connections has been thorough since the inception of our relationship. Understanding the ins and outs of the process has been overwhelming and not always easy to follow. But, they've been transparent, calming and honest during an otherwise difficult to navigate process. The team goes above and beyond and it's very evident they are passionate about the work that they do."

    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

    Lee Dewerson, Employer / Business services

  • "We first meet NZ Visa Connections back in 2017 when we were looking for an advisor to apply for Reon's first work Visa, We have continued to work with NZ Visa Connection ever since. With that said we have found them to be very professional throughout this process and have been Successful with our application for Reon Visas. Reon and myself would have no problem with recommending NZ Visa Connection to any person who needed Visa advice. "

    Ross & Reon Laird, Work Visa Support

  • "I was very nervous about trying to employ an international applicant, but NZ Visa Connections helped me employ the perfect person for our team, even making suggestions so we could apply for a 3-year Visa straight away. They assisted and supported me every step of the way, from helping with the advertisement to preparing Visa application documents, through to procuring the visa’s required for our employee. They were knowledgeable and eminently capable, and I would have no hesitation referring them to any other business thinking about hiring internationally."

    Lisa Coleman, Employer / Business services

  • "NZ Visa Connections basically took the stress out of my work and residence visa applications. I honestly feel so lucky to have found them in the first place --through my sister's colleague's recommendation. They were as amazing to work with as what we heard about them. The whole process was already quite streamlined for us (my partner and I). We simply had to follow through a well-defined checklist with details like: the importance of a specific document, suggestions and prompts for letters and other write up. It was very clear to us that they are the expert we needed."

    Donna Dychinco, Residence Visa support