Hello and welcome to the new Pitt & Moore eNewsletter – License to Advise. We’ll be sharing insights, changes and critical information relevant to Immigration Advisers across New Zealand and beyond.
In our first newsletter, we’re reflecting on some news, highlighting a recent case study from the Advisers Tribunal, and looking at some stories that affect Advisers.
2020 – A Year Like No Other!
It almost doesn’t need to be said that it’s been a challenging year for all of us in the immigration space. Not least of all with the COVID- and governmental portfolio-related changes we’ve seen, especially in the last six to nine months, which are a major feature of this newsletter.
Within our borders, the Hon Phil Twyford has now taken up the role of Associate Minister of Immigration under the returning Minister of Immigration Hon Kris Faafoi, which may result in a different approach to the consideration of ministerial intervention requests. We’ll be watching closely and will advise on any noticeable trends.
At the beginning of November, we attended the NZAMI seminar in Auckland and shared learnings and insights with other Immigration Advisers. Of particular interest to the attendees this year was the focussed discussion on the complexities surrounding Parent Retirement Resident Visa, Investor 1 and Investor 2 Category Resident Visas and the ability to prove to INZ the source of funds for these types of applications. If you are also grappling with this issue its worthwhile to speak with an experienced colleague to see what has worked for them or to reach out to us for advice, as we have expertise in this area.
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