Saturday, 30 July 2016

Section 61 Requests: No Leniency Towards Skilled Migrant Visa Holders

New Zealand is always keen on welcoming migrants who have skills, qualifications or experience that are highly in demand in the country. Those who meet the criteria may be able to apply for a skilled migrant visa. Still, qualifying for a visa under the skilled migrant category does not grant you any special rights. Same as every other visa holder, you will need to abide by the conditions detailed for your visa.

Requests Under Section 61

If you are still living in NZ with an expired skilled migrant visa, you are staying unlawfully. The same goes for those who have breached their visa conditions or committed a crime. Not only will this deprive you of your rights as a citizen, but it will inevitably lead to your deportation. However, Immigration will not deport you right away without serving you first with a deportation order, so this gives you a little more time to resolve the situation. One valid solution is to request a visa under the Section 61 of the Immigration Act.

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