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Special Cases
& Appeals

Here we share some general information about Special Cases & Appeals. This material is for information purposes only. Contact one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers for personal immigration advice.

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It's a misconception that Immigration New Zealand considers all circumstances on a case-by-case basis.


Immigration officials follow specific policy requirements to determine approval under each category. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be declined.


Due to these formal, written policies, there will always be applicants who "just miss" the criteria.


For these applicants, a "just miss" can be a lifetime disappointment, leading them to wonder why Immigration New Zealand can't "help me across the line." However, this is not possible because the New Zealand system operates without corruption, and case decisions are made according to rules, not personal favors.


When a visa application is declined or a visa expires, there may be grounds for appeal. This is a specialized area requiring expertise in tribunals, precedent cases, and current trends to prepare strong appeals. Some specific cases include, but are not limited to:


- Residence Visa appeals

- Appeals against deportation

- Humanitarian appeals

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The NZIHS immigration advisers and experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complex world of New Zealand Visitor visas, policies, and immigration.

Minister Of Immigration

The Minister of Immigration holds the powers of absolute discretion and delegation, making exceptions and special cases legally and practically possible in exceptional circumstances.


However, this possibility, coupled with hope born of desperation, can lead to migrants being exploited.


Telling a migrant, "I have good connections, and I will write to the Minister for you," can give a desperate applicant hope. But it is unfair if the chances of success are misrepresented.

Honest Advice,
Not False Hope

Migrants deserve honest advice, not false hopes.


The reality is that approvals for Special Cases and exceptions to policy are extremely rare.

General Comments

At NZIHS, we take on Special Cases and Appeals with a history of remarkable successes. However, we first provide you with an honest assessment of your chances.


We typically develop a comprehensive strategy for these cases or appeals, often involving specialist research and advice.


We certainly won’t just "write a letter to see what happens."

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