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One can submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) online

Under the epidemic management notice, the New Zealand Government has decided to suspend selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) on 9 April 2020, but still one can submit the online Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). Once Immigration New Zealand will open the selection process, if EOI qualify, Invitation to Apply will be issued. The power to suspend selections for Expressions of Interest may only be exercised by Order in Council for a maximum period of 3 months.

COVID-19 Impact on Immigration

The recent Covid-19 outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on global affairs. The airline industry, hospitality and immigration as well as economies throughout the world have been sent into a state of decline and have overall suffered greatly because of the far-reaching effects on this epidemic. It is recorded that New Zealand has lost $10 billion dollars under alert level 4. With businesses such as restaurants, cafes and general shopping outlets closed due to heavy “lockdown” restrictions in place, the burden on individual employees and the wider New Zealand society has been drastic. Essential Skills work visas of migrants currently being processed will also meet heavy setbacks. This is b

COVID-19 Update: Important Notice for Clients

Legal Associates place the highest importance on the health and wellbeing of our workplace, clients and community, especially at a current situation of the countries around the globe, due to COVID-19. Therefore, we at a workplace feel like we need to mitigate potential risk and safeguard the continued delivery of legal services to our clients. We have introduced online services for our clients to start online enquiry sitting from home. Please visit our website at https://www.legalassociates.co.nz/ to start your online enquiry today. Our team of 21 Barrister and Solicitors, expert and administrative staff has access to online enquiry to help our clients while practicing social distancing. Our

Criminal and Family Courts Update –Courts proceeding during COVID-19

This is a snapshot of court system amidst of Covid-19. Please be advised that public access to courts is being limited for safety reasons. You can only enter the District Court or High Court for criminal proceedings if you are required or only priority proceedings. It is important that you contact your lawyer before the date your matter is scheduled to be heard in Court. An update from Chief Justice informs that only priority proceedings to be heard. This means that only proceedings affecting the liberty of the individual or their personal safety and wellbeing, or proceedings that are time-critical, should be heard while we are at alert level 4. Secondly, the court will use remote participat

Legal Associates’ response to Covid – 19: A reflection on property law updates

During this unprecedented time, we at Legal Associates’ give paramount importance to health, safety and wellbeing of our team, clients and to the wider community. While being responsive to the needs of our clients, staff and the society, we have decided to heed the decisions, policies and other guidelines of the Government and the Ministry of Health. Consequently, Legal Associates has restructured the working environment by implementing all necessary requirements to work remotely since 24 March 2020 which assures that your existing property matters will be dealt with in the highest standard according to interim guidelines published by the NZ Law Society. Accordingly, the way in which we sett

COVID-19: Immigration Update

Given that NZ has declared a state of emergency and is at Level 4 on the Covid-19 alert system, many of you are sure to have numerous queries regarding their immigration related matters. The main objective of this article is to provide a summary on the updates of Immigration New Zealand that came into effect. According to the epidemic management notice relating to immigration matters came into effect on Thursday 2 April 2020, travellers with a temporary (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) visa expiring before 1 April 2020 who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. An interim visa will be issued. Travellers with a temporary visa with an expiry date from 2

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