Over the years we have gone into bat many times for people to get visas which would otherwise have been declined.
People can face problems proving the immigration value of their work. We have helped many – nurses and care workers, chefs, dairy and horticulture workers – prove their valid path to residence. We have business clients who use us to help fill skilled staff shortages.
We have first-hand experience overcoming difficulties with educators, professional bodies, as well as government agencies and sometimes, employers. We have brokered deals at the highest level to ensure industry training and Immigration New Zealand support for aspiring workers. We regularly advocate in individual cases.
New Zealanders sometimes need our help too, usually to bring a partner or spouse here. We have put together many partnership applications. We are able to sort what is important – to tell the story in ways that truthfully explains the detail.
Often when a suspicion arises in an immigration context, the applicant finds it very difficult to restore trust in their integrity. The best way to avoid this scenario is to tell the whole story so the immigration officer is not left to assume the worst.
Here are what we consider to be the ‘Four Pillars’ of good immigration advocacy:
- UNDERSTAND THE RISK AREAS
We can help identify what issues will surface in your category. We help you address particular risks you may face. We listen to you, very carefully.
- FACE UP TO THE ISSUES
We help clients face the information gaps and hard parts of their lives and formulate a realistic strategy with an honest chance of succeeding.
- TELL YOUR STORY
The goal is always the same – to make it as easy as possible for Immigration New Zealand to say “yes”. And when you give Immigration New Zealand the context it is so much easier to get a yes.
- BE CREDIBLE
Your “story” must stand scrutiny and be backed up by credible evidence. We can advise on what else is needed to confirm your integrity.
We have three service options to choose from:
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
“As the owner of a couple of Indian restaurants in Dunedin I often struggle to source local chefs. Lucas and Lucas get me work visas so I can bring in Indian chefs from outside of NZ. If there ever is an issue with my staffs work visa Chris and Natalie are quick to get the problem sorted.”
– Sahib Singh, Director, Indian Spice Limited
1. YOUR STRATEGY SESSION
Nearly all our new clients start with what we call a ‘Strategy Session’.
You come in with your papers. We will ask about your situation and then advise on the issues.
The aim is to share our insights and then help you plot the best way forward. We will help you settle on a strategy that is both understandable and realistic.
Having doubts about your application? Call us for your Strategy Session. Maybe you have a Letter of Concern from Immigration New Zealand? Call us for a Strategy Session. Looking for a second opinion. Then the Strategy session is a great option for that too.
Sometimes people just need a bit of advice, and that’s fine by us.
2. ISSUE ADVOCACY
Issue Advocacy is where we represent you in response to a Decline Letter or a Letter of Concern. It involves managing the file and acting on your behalf with Immigration New Zealand.
We will look at the documents in detail, and in some cases we also need to look at the client’s file with Immigration New Zealand. Often when we do this, we will find an angle or some leverage to move things forward.
Another part of our expertise is helping assess what evidence is credible. We will work with your sources to pull the case into shape. It is often easier for us to talk to Immigration New Zealand about the credibility issues than it is for the client.
A well-crafted written submission is always the cornerstone of advocacy in this area. Once the submission is in, we will manage your application to a conclusion.
3. FULL APPLICATION SERVICE
This is where you have the convenience and peace of mind of us managing your application from start to finish.
Our goal is to minimise your risk. We do this by assessing the issues and risks in advance, and by carefully covering off on all the identified pitfalls.