I focus on providing businesses and individuals with a full range of immigration services.
My tertiary education comprises a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury. In early 2010, I embarked upon a career with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise (formerly the Department of Labour) as a warranted immigration officer within Immigration New Zealand. While working for INZ, I became a Senior Immigration Officer and worked on almost all categories of visas, including student, work and visitor visas, as well as being an Approval in Principle Broker working directly with New Zealand employers, and with the fishing industry.
In 2013 I moved to INZ’s Border Operations where I was a Senior Border Officer, providing other Officers with guidance and advice on border immigration matters. My time with INZ gave me an understanding of the entire pathway for migrants, from their initial arrival into New Zealand right through to residence.
In 2018 I accepted the offer to join the immigration team at Saunders & Co, and this has allowed me to continue working my area of expertise.
My experience within immigration means that I have an intimate understanding of the processes migrants must follow and comply with, which I use to ensure the best result for our clients. I assist clients with all types of visa application, but my passion is in advocating for them on the more complex immigration matters such as questions of skill level, deportation liability, character issues and criminal offending, and appeals to the Immigration Protection Tribunal.
Changes are being made to residence and work visa immigration instructions, to recognise Assistant Dairy Farm Managers and Dairy Herd Managers as skilled roles.
The Government has announced an overhaul of the Skills Match Report process, which will have a direct impact on which Essential Skills work visa applications will require Skills Match Reports.
As mentioned in our earlier article the Government has announced changes to the border exception category for those wanting to travel to New Zealand as an ‘other critical worker’.
INZ has provided an update this week that all of its offshore processing offices, aside from Apia, remain closed.