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How do I prove that I am a bona fide applicant?

If you are applying for a visitor or student visa, it is likely that Immigration New Zealand will raise concerns in regards to whether you are a bona fide applicant. This blog post will explore how Immigration New Zealand determines whether you are a bona fide aka genuine applicant. What does bona fide applicant mean? […]

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How to Buy a House in New Zealand – essential tips for first home buyers

Are you a first home buyer? Have you just moved to New Zealand? Do you know what a ‘conditional’ agreement is or an ‘unconditional’ agreement is? Do you know what the difference is between buying a house at auction or by negotiation? In an ideal world, you would seek legal advice before you sign a […]

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QCL Holiday Season hours

Marcus & the team here at QCL wish you a safe & happy holiday season as well as a prosperous new year! Our offices will be closed from midday Friday December 23rd 2016 and will re-open Wednesday January 11th 2016.  Thank you to all for great 2016, we look forward to working with you in […]

INVESTOR (INVESTOR 2) CATEGORY CHANGES

Summary of changes There have been recent changes to the Investor (Investor 2) Category. Please refer to the below summary of changes: i. Increase of funds required for Investor 2 migrants to $3million; ii. Reduction in points for investment funds; iii. Removal of the requirement for Investor 2 applicants to hold $1 million in settlement […]

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Trees and Neighbours

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake It is […]

Tax Time

Introduced with effect from 1 October 2015 was the capital gains tax which according to our Prime Minister was not a capital gains tax. However you will be subject to tax in New Zealand if you sold a residential property in New Zealand, within 2 years of acquisition, that was not your “main home” regardless […]

Effect of recent earthquakes on lending requirements

As most people will be aware there have been some major tectonic movements felt around the country in the last few weeks. This has caused further movement in both banks and insurance providers to review their requirements for providing insurance and loans for purchasers looking to buy in certain regions of the country. ANZ Bank […]

How to migrate to New Zealand from America or the UK

It is no secret that New Zealand is one of the best places to live in the world. Recently we have been voted best country in the world by a poll undertaken by The Telegraph[1], ranked 2nd best country to live in for expats by CN Traveler,[2] ranked 9th best country in the world to […]

How to resolve civil disputes

An Introduction to Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Did you enter into a contract (written or oral) and encounter problems? Did things go bad at a cost? Was there a disagreement over the parties’ obligations or duties? Did the other side fail to action what they are meant to under the contract? If so, there […]

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Marcus Beveridge: Chinese likely to be affected by immigration changes

This morning on  News Talk Radio QCL Principal Marcus Beveridge suggested Chinese families will be particularly affected by the Government’s new immigration policy. You can listen to the interview here. The new resident setting is being reduced to a limit of 95,000, down from the current 100,000. The threshold for skilled migrants has been raised by increasing […]

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