I'm a nz citizen currently in HK. I married to a Pakistani and would like to apply visa for him so we can join me in NZ.

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Customer: Hi I'm a nz citizen currently in HK. I married to a Pakistani and would like to apply visa for him so we can join me in NZ. What should i do and how much do you charge?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: Not yet. Seems like because of covid19, immigration isn't processing anything. But my husband then fiance, tried applied tourist visa in 2018 but got refused based on the fact that he didn't submit itinerary.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about the visa?
Customer: Not yet hence my enquiry now
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: When will I be charged?
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read your question
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I should explain that we give general advice here and do not act for individuals. So you need to make an application for a partnership visa based on being together for 12 months or more plus a clear health and police record. He won’t get into New Zealand at present because the borders are closed for the foreseeable future but you could make the application anyway. It can take 9-12 months
Customer
Thanks Chris. Actually i got those information already from the NZ immigration website. I wonder if you know if there's any difference to have a lawyer verses without one to present the case to the immigration office?
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It doesn't really make any difference if you use a lawyer. Most people make these applications themselves although some do use a lawyer or a immigration consultant to help them draft the best application. But you don't get any priority or special treatment by using a lawyer or consultant

Customer
Ah I see. That's helpful, thank you. Second question, if we are only into our 4th month marriage. Given it will take ,9-12mth to process anyway, can we still submit now? So there's a record logged in the system?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

It is the time you have lived together, not just the marriage. But if you only moved in together four months ago when you married, then I agree you might as well start so that you can at least get in the queue. I think immigration delays will be even greater with the present crisis

Customer
It's the latter.
Unfortunately, of another visa issue. We lived only for a week together after married and then we are forced to live apart, ie I'm in Hong Kong and he's back home in Pakistan.
Though I had submitted HK dependent visa for him 3 months back (this has been delayed for 6 weeks and more to count in current situation) and thought I might as well start the NZ one. NZ is our ultimate destination.
Customer
In this case, what's your recommendation please?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

It is very difficult at the moment because of the restrictions on travel. New Zealand immigration are generally very concerned about whether the relationship is genuine, and so the 12 months of living together is generally quite important. But given the delays which I have referred to, you might as well start so that you at least get in the queue as I mentioned before. But your next steps should be to try to actually get the maximum time together. I am sure that is what you want anyway.

Customer
Thank you Chris. Very useful information.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Also, I'll check back in with you in 7 days on 4/7/2020. I can also answer any additional questions that may arise. Don't worry, there's no additional fee for this follow-up.
Customer
Thanks Chris. Appreciated.
It's great to have an adviser to ask questions from. Hope u and your loved ones are safe under this crazy time.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

We are, and thank you

Customer
Chris, thought of another question. Any idea of why immigration needs to take 9-12 months to process any application? I wonder if there's anything we as applicants can expedite it somehow. Plus, there are alot of different types of visas available to apply from.
It doesn't seem to have any priority given to citizens in applying for their spouses/ dependents of other nationality versus those on work/student visas. Do you know if this will change in the near future? It looks rather unfair to the citizens otherwise.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

The delay isnt really excusable-I suspect they are under resourced, and until we are though this present crisis, I cannot see this improving

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Hi i have question if nz government has impose any compensation for buyer that is being affected by the lockdown. For my case, theres talent in the property and unable to move out by 21/4 and of the tenant protecting rights. Landlord can't ask them to leave for months. Hence my settlement day is now being pushed by 10 weeks which caused me the need to pay the rent at an apartment of a total NZ$5000.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Unfortunately not at this time
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