OVERSEAS workers wanting to work in Southland or people wanting to employ migrants can be guided through the work visa process by Immigration Law Advice NZ Ltd.
Directors Babita and Vinay Sood started up the business from home in March last year and have now opened an office in The Crescent in response to the increased demand for immigration services in Southland.
Their new office was officially opened at a function on Wednesday.
The couple moved to Invercargill from India in 2009 so Mr Sood could do a post graduate in business enterprise course at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). He later became the international marketing manager at SIT for about eight years, helping to recruit international students.
The couple decided to open the business in Invercargill rather than in a larger centre, because they wanted to give back to Southland, Mr Sood said.
“Southland has given us a lot as students and through work.
“We wanted to give back to the community… and support the Southland Regional Development Strategy’s goal to attract 10,000 people to the region,” he said.
“We are confident we will add value to the community and fill a gap.”
The services provided by Immigration Law Advice include assessing and identifying the requirements and/or criteria in relation to work visas, permanent residency visas, visitor visas, student visas and variation of conditions.
The licensed immigration advisers can also lodge applications and co-ordinate with Immigration New Zealand on behalf of its clients.
They can also advise employers on the current immigration rules and policies and assist their employees to obtain work visas.
Mr Sood said New Zealand’s immigration rules were not particularly complicated, but the rules kept changing and every case was different.
People needed to have the time to interpret the rules accurately, he said.
By utilising the services of Immigration Law Advice, clients could be assured professional advisers would make sure their application was completed correctly, and thereby be processed faster, he said.