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How to Deal with Visa Issues & Concerns

Whether you’re applying for a visa or you are a current visa holder, there are many challenges that may arise. Here’s how an immigration adviser can help.

23/11/20214 min read
How to Deal with Visa Issues & Concerns


Whether you’re applying for an NZ temporary work visa or you are a current visa holder in New Zealand, there are many issues and challenges that may arise. But with the support of an experienced and proven immigration adviser, these problems can be easily avoided or managed. Here, we run you through common visa issues and concerns, and how to deal with them.

Common Application Problems, Errors, & Challenges

Applying for a visa in New Zealand isn’t as simple as it may appear. The process is complex and time-consuming, so it’s crucial to be as prepared as you possibly can be to avoid delays. With many visa applications now online people rush to lodge applications without understanding once the “submit” button is hit it is too late to make changes.


Insufficient Evidence or Supporting Documents

One of the most common mistakes visa applicants make is not providing enough information to support their case. Missing documents or insufficient evidence can slow down the process significantly and potentially lead to a decline. Immigration regulations place the burden of proof on visa applicants to supply all the documentation with a visa application that they want Immigration NZ to consider. The outcome of an application is only as good as the information provided. An experienced licensed immigration adviser will be able to give you good advice on what documentation to provide to ensure the best outcome for your visa application.


Health and Character Concerns

Health and character issues can be a serious roadblock for many visa applicants. Your health and character are key factors an immigration officer will consider when processing your visa application. If you are not of an acceptable standard of health or character, Immigration NZ has the right to reject your application. It is not uncommon for applicants to take shortcuts. Hoping a problem will go away by not declaring a health or character issue just makes the problem that much worse. Through careful management, a health or character issue can often be overcome with complete transparency and building a good case for an Immigration Officer to consider.


Seek Advice from an Immigration Adviser

The best thing you can do to avoid problems with your visa application is to get in touch with a NZ licensed immigration adviser. Receiving support from a licenced professional early in the process will give you the best possible outcome for success Receiving support from an experienced licenced professional early in the process will give you the best possible outcome for success. Here’s how an immigration adviser can help:


Better Understand Your Visa Options

Finding the right visa for your situation will be crucial to the success of your application. With so many different visa options available, it can be confusing to know which is best. An immigration adviser will provide you with all the information you need about your visa options, the documents you will need for your application, and explain any issues that could arise along the way. When deciding which adviser to manage your case make sure you choose someone who has a solid track record of success, a team to back them up (particularly when they go on holiday or get sick) and a good reputation. It is not easy to get every visa application right when an adviser is working on their own. A second set of eyes double-checking a visa application before it gets lodged offers you the best protection.


Get Your Application Approved Faster

An immigration adviser takes on many roles, but their main goal is to get your application approved. They are particularly helpful when dealing with complex visa applications such as the Investment Visa or the NZ Partnership visa. These visa applications are more complicated than other visa types and may cause a range of unique challenges that an adviser can help you with. An immigration adviser can also help you navigate difficult health and character issues and ensure you have met all the necessary requirements before submitting your application. Applications that arrive at Immigration NZ fully documented will be processed much faster. An experienced adviser knows what evidence an Immigration Officer needs to make a decision.


Common Issues for Temporary Visa Holders

Once your visa application has been approved and you are living or working in New Zealand, it’s not necessarily the case that all your challenges will disappear. There are many instances where you may need to make changes to your visa conditions. For example, if you are on a work visa and your job has suddenly changed, this may impact your visa and ability to stay in the country. Your immigration adviser will help you figure out the next best steps and help you find an immediate solution. Immigration advisers have experience dealing with last-minute visa challenges and are qualified to handle an array of complex issues including expired visas, extending visas and pathways to residence.

Get in Touch with Malcolm Pacific Immigration today

Here at Malcolm Pacific Immigration, we handle all visa types and can help solve a range of issues and concerns. We know the immigration process can be stressful, and we want to make it easy for you. Contact our friendly team today for a free assessment of your immigration objective.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21