Articles and Seminars...

Whose Complaint Is it Anyway?

Seminar presented by Simon Laurent for the CCH Immigration Law Conference, May 2015.  It addresses some unresolved issues in the immigration adviser complaints regime.

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Corporate Work Visas

Article by Bill Milnes published in the Global Migration Digest of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, May 2014.

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Resident and Temporary Visas

Introduction to various categories of New Zealand visas available.  Part of a joint presentation for lawyers new to Immigration for the Auckland District Law Society Inc., March 2014.

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Critique of the Immigration Advisers Complaints & Disciplinary Tribunal

Joint presentation by Doug Tennent, Lecturer in Law at the University of Waikato, and Simon Laurent, about flaws in the handling of complaints against Licensed Immigration Advisers.  Presented to the NZAMI in December 2013.

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Overview of New Zealand Visas

Introduction to the NZ Visa system, including basic concepts behind Visas, and the different categories of Residence, Work, Student and Visitor Visas.  This paper was part of a seminar in July 2013 for lawyers new to immigration.

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Deportation - the New Regime

We explain the basic concepts underlying the complex Deportation rules in the Immigration Act 2009.  Seminar presented for the NZ Association for Migration and Investment and the Auckland District Law Society in March 2012.

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New Zealand Business Migration and Long Term Business Visa

Overview of eligibility for a Long Term Business Visa. Published online in December 2011 at NZBizBuySell, an online business brokerage site.

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A Guide to Essential Skills Work Visas

A handy explanation of the Essential Skills procedure, and some of the most common problems faced by people who apply.  Published on the FindLaw legal information website, November 2011.

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Getting a New Zealand Business or Investor Visa

Quick summary of the Long Term Business Visa and Investor Visa options for business migrants.  Published in Global Business Magazine, December 2011.

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Visas for Geeks

Article in TechDay online IT news magazine about options for IT professionals to get NZ Work Visas or Residence.  Also covers some of the pitfalls in the visa application process.  Published in August 2011..

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How is the Adviser Licensing Regime Playing Out? - a View from the Sidelines

A review of early cases coming up in the new system for regulating New Zealand licensed immigration advisers, including applications for licenses and disciplinary complaints.  Part of the 10th annual LexisNexis Immigration Law Conference in August 2011..

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Constructing a Refugee and Protection Claim

Presented for the Auckland District Law Society, March 2011 as part of a one-day conference.  The paper covers issues of how to prepare a claim under the Refugee Convention, the Convention Against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Appeals to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Paper presented for the Auckland District Law Society, November 2010.  This follow-up to the Overview seminar charts the various appeal routes before the IPT which now considers all New Zealand immigration appeals under the Immigration Act 2009.

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Overview of the New Immigration Act 2009

Paper presented to seminars for the Auckland District Law Society and New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment, September - October 2010.  This provides a framework for navigating through the structure and key concepts of the Act for immigration professionals.

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Ministerials and Complaints

Seminar for the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment, September 2010.  Discusses applications involving the exercise of Ministerial discretion, and complaints against poor Immigration decisions including applications to the Ombudsman

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Commentary on New Zealand Residence and Sponsorship

Presented to the LexisNexis Immigration Law Conference, July 2010.  There is a critique of the interplay between Resident status and Citizenship under the 2009 Act, and discussion of the consequences of new rules for visa sponsorship.

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