Navigating Your Appeal with Expert Guidance

Deportation from New Zealand is a serious matter that can have long-lasting implications on your ability to return to the country. Whether you’ve overstayed your visa, breached visa conditions, been convicted of a criminal offence, or provided false information in applications, understanding your rights and options for appeal is crucial. Here’s how we can guide and support you through this challenging time:

Identifying Deportation Liability

Our first step is to assess whether you are indeed liable for deportation. This involves a detailed review of your immigration history, visa conditions, and any interactions with New Zealand immigration authorities. We help you understand the specific reasons behind your deportation liability and the legal implications.

Understanding Your Appeal Rights

Not everyone has the right to appeal their deportation. We’ll help you understand if you’re eligible to appeal based on the type of visa you held and the reasons for your deportation liability. If your last visa was a limited visa, for instance, you cannot appeal. We clarify these nuances to ensure you’re fully informed.

Timely Filing of Appeals

Timing is critical in deportation cases. If you’re unlawfully in New Zealand, you generally have 42 days from becoming unlawful or from the decline of your last visa application to appeal. For other deportation liabilities, a 28-day timeframe from receiving a deportation liability notice usually applies. We ensure your appeal is prepared and filed within these strict deadlines.

Preparing Your Appeal

Our experienced team will prepare a comprehensive appeal on your behalf, tailored to your unique circumstances. This includes gathering evidence, drafting legal arguments, and highlighting any humanitarian considerations that may apply to your case. We aim to present the strongest possible appeal to the Immigration & Protection Tribunal.

Representation Before the Tribunal

We represent you throughout the appeal process, including before the Immigration & Protection Tribunal. Our legal experts have extensive experience in immigration law and are skilled in advocating for our clients’ rights and best interests.

Guidance on Deportation Outcomes

If deportation cannot be avoided, we provide advice on the implications, including any prohibition periods during which you cannot return to New Zealand and the process for repaying the costs of deportation. We also guide you on the potential for returning to New Zealand in the future, including the process for requesting a visa via special direction.

Support for Special Direction Requests

In cases where deportation has occurred or is inevitable, and you wish to return to New Zealand in the future, we can assist with preparing and submitting a request for a special direction. While Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is not obligated to grant such requests, we strive to present a compelling case on your behalf.

Our approach is compassionate and client-focused, recognizing the stress and uncertainty deportation proceedings can cause. We’re here to provide clarity, support, and expert legal guidance every step of the way. If you’re facing deportation from New Zealand and need assistance understanding your options or appealing your liability, contact us for a consultation. Our goal is to navigate these complex proceedings with you, aiming for the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

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