Immigration and relocation

Bell Gully’s dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable immigration team assists corporate and individual clients on all immigration-related matters.

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​​​​Whether you are an individual contemplating the benefits of obtaining the right permanently to reside in New Zealand or a corporate urgently needing to second specialist staff for a short term project, we have the expertise to advise you on all aspects and to deal with all applications quickly and efficiently. 

We act for a broad range of corporate and individual clients in relation to permanent and temporary migration to or from New Zealand. We handle residency applications with the utmost care and consideration for clients’ personal affairs. We advise clients on related matters including appropriate asset ownership structures, the tax treatment of those structures, the treatment of foreign superannuation interests and, where required, on the impact of the Overseas Investment Act.

Our clients benefit from our expertise, our excellent systems for dealing with the complexities of migration and our very good working relationships with the New Zealand immigration authorities.

Our clients value:

  • our determination to achieve positive outcomes for our clients,

  • our of depth knowledge of New Zealand’s immigration law and practice,

  • our ability to quickly consider the likelihood of an application being successful,

  • our systems to deal with applications effectively and efficiently,

  • our understanding of the complexities of documentation needed and how to obtain this in foreign jurisdictions,

  • the quality of our relationship with the New Zealand immigration authorities which has been established through the integrity of our dealings over many years,

  • our ability to quickly identify potential difficulties in respect of any application and to advise how these might best be dealt with, and

  • our appreciation that contemplating immigration is a significant matter that often involves life-changing decisions and the disclosure of sensitive personal information.

 The work that we undertake includes:

  • providing preliminary indications of the likelihood of applications being successful,

  • assisting in the collation of information necessary for applications and the preparation of applications themselves,

  • submitting applications to Immigration New Zealand and dealing with any queries that may arise,

  • liaising with New Zealand Customs Service in relation to import duty and GST concessions for new migrants,

  • providing clear and concise advice on:

    • applications,

    • tax and appropriate asset holding structures,

    • the application of Overseas Investment Act rules,

    • trusts and testamentary matters, and

    • land acquisitions.

  • liaising with international​ advisers, banks and financial institutions,

  • assisting with obtaining police clearances and medicals, and

  • advocating to obtain medical waivers, where necessary.

Obtaining special purpose work visas for corporate clients at short notice.

Obtaining residence and permanent residence status for many of New Zealand's most notable migrants.

Establishing tailor made ownership structures for migrants.

Obtaining medical waivers for migrants with difficult medical histories.

Securing OIA approvals.

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  • Willy Sussman

    Partner Auckland
  • Campbell Pentney

    Special Counsel Auckland