Immigration Law Conference: Critical Updates

Need to stay informed about changes for employers in the accredited employer scheme, alterations to the skilled migrant category and work visas? Want to delve into preparing character waiver submissions? Curious about proactive advocacy and interviews and potential judicial review grounds? Interested in how strategic client advising can transform investigations and appeals? All these questions and more will be addressed at the Immigration Law Conference. Don't miss out on gaining valuable insights. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2024
3.00pm to 4.00pm Temporary and Resident Class Visa Holders: Criminal Charges and Convictions


  • Understanding the application of Deportation Liability Notices issued under sections 157 and 161 of the Immigration Act 2009
  • How a conviction or an admission of guilt may trigger these sections
  • Working with criminal lawyers to provide expert opinions to support discharges without conviction

Presented by Ken Huang, Senior Associate, Lane Neave

4.00pm to 4.15pm Afternoon Tea
4.15pm to 5.15pm How Best to Represent a Client: Step-by-Step Guide to Running an Appeal at the IPT Appeal


  • Effectively communicating with clients during the process
  • Interviewing skills: how to handle challenging conversations
  • Presenting documents for an IPT appeal
  • Guidance on how to effectively communicate arguments
  • Best practices for organising and presenting evidence

Presented by Deborah Pollard-Manning, Barrister, Landmark Chambers


Attend and earn 7 CPD hours

Session 1: Critical Updates and Emerging Challenges Impacting Visa Applications

Shi Sheng Cai (Shoosh), Senior Associate, Copeland Ashcroft

9.00am to 10.00am Employer Compliance


  • Employer compliance requirements under the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme
  • Common compliance pitfalls and best practices
  • Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa from an employer’s perspective
  • An overview of the Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Act 2023

Presented by Lauren Qiu, Principal, Stay Legal

10.00am to 11.00am The Latest on Work Visas


  • What is changing?
  • Work rights for international students and partners
  • Adapting to median wage changes
  • Skilled migrant category adjustments

Presented by Carol Nan Ma, Director, NZ Visa Wiz Ltd

11.00am to 11.15am Morning Tea
11.15am to 12.15pm Managing Medical Conditions for Clients Through the Medical Waiver Process


  • Consideration of common high-cost medical conditions
  • Factors INZ consider in determining a medical waiver
  • Addressing medical issues in the temporary visa space
  • Addressing medical issues on appeal (in residence and humanitarian appeals)

Presented by Charlotte Summers, BDes LLB LLM GCNZIA GDipArts (Politics) GCertArts IAA Licensed Immigration Adviser

12.15pm to 1.15pm Preparing Submissions for Character Waivers


  • What are submissions and why are they important?
  • Distinguish submissions from evidence
  • Identify the type of visa you are applying for, and the relevant character requirements and thresholds for that visa
  • Gather all the relevant information and evidence about your character issues
  • Explain the circumstances and reasons behind your character issues and tackle the issue head-on
  • Persuade INZ as to why a character should be granted – ie finding the “angle”
  • Practical tips and examples

Presented by Jack Cheng, Senior Associate, Meredith Connell

Learning Objectives:
  • Stay on top of the latest in changes in the Accredited Employer Scheme
  • Consider best practice for employer accreditation and job check
  • Consider the biggest developments in work visas
  • Gain practical tips to adapt to median wage adjustments and understand the modifications in the Skilled Migrant Category
  • Gain perspective into medical conditions for clients through the medical waiver process
  • Receive practical guidance on preparing submissions for character waivers

Session 2: Key Concerns for Immigration Lawyers and Advisors: Cases and IPT Appeals

Aaron Martin, Principal Lawyer, New Zealand Immigration Law

2.00pm to 3.00pm Navigating INZ Investigation with Respect to Non-Criminal Matters: Deportation Challenges and Advocacy Strategies


  • Analysis of a purported breach under part 6 of the Immigration Act
  • INZ policy with respect to investigations
  • Natural justice: case law commentary
  • Final report dated 25 September 2019: Michael Heron KC
  • Advising your client on the investigation and potential appeal options

Presented by Simon Graham, Partner, Young Hunter Lawyers

Learning Objectives:
  • Reflect on the intricacies involved in navigating INZ investigations related to non-criminal matters
  • Understand the complexities surrounding deportation liability for visa holders facing criminal charges or convictions
  • Learn useful tips to effectively representing clients in appeals at the Immigration and Protection Tribunal (IPT)


Charlotte Summers, Licensed Immigration Adviser
Charlotte previously worked for INZ for 18 months following the completion of her LLB before commencing work with one of New Zealand’s leading immigration companies, Pathways to New Zealand Ltd, in Hamilton in October 2012. Due to the restrictions of the Immigration Advisers Licencing Act and the 12 month stand down requirement, Charlotte initially worked in the role of Client Relationship Manager while completing her GCNZIA and LLM degree. Charlotte relocated to the Pathways Wellington Office in January 2016 where she has continued to develop her particular expertise in appeal, deportation, ministerial requests, character and health matters. In regard to immigration-related health matters Charlotte’s expertise has contributed to successful outcomes from children with ASD at all ends of the spectrum through to heart conditions in young and elderly adults, and applicants with cancer, HIV, hepatitis, psychiatric matters and very rare health conditions. Charlotte’s legal background and her extensive experience with Pathways makes her especially well credentialed to present on immigration health matters.

Lauren Qiu, Principal, Stay Legal
Lauren is the Principal at Stay Legal. She has presented at national seminars and conferences on immigration law. She is a guest lecturer, teaching aspiring immigration advisers at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Lauren is also an immigration law commentary Author for Thomson Reuters. Lauren is currently a Committee Member of The Law Association’s (formerly Auckland District Law Society) Immigration & Refugee Law Committee, a Member of the Tauranga Migrant Settlement Network (an Immigration New Zealand led Welcoming Communities initiative), and a Volunteer Immigration Solicitor at the Citizens Advice Bureau (Tauranga).

Carol Nan Ma, Director, NZ Visa Wiz Ltd
Carol Ma migrated to NZ as an international student in 2003. She developed a keen interest in immigration matters in the spirit of helping others of similar background and began practising as a licensed immigration adviser since 2014. She focuses her practice areas on temporary and resident visas for skilled migrants. Carol also holds Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and Bachelor of Civil Engineering with honours from Canterbury University. She works in both transport engineering and immigration industries. Carol finds there are interesting similarities between the two professions, working with codes and standards, flexible and agile problem solving, and standing up to challenges with good communication skills.

Simon Graham, Partner, Young Hunter Lawyers
Simon is a litigation partner at Young Hunter Lawyers. He is responsible for leading the firm’s immigration and human rights team. As part of his role, he regularly appears before specialist Tribunals, and the Courts. Simon specialises in providing advice and representation with respect to all aspects of immigration litigation. This includes deportation appeals, refugee and protected status appeals, residence appeals, judicial reviews and High Court appeals, and criminal matters (including immigration fraud) which have the potential to affect a person’s immigration status. He is a member of the New Zealand Immigration and Refugee Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.

Jack Cheng, Senior Associate, Meredith Connell
Jack is a Senior Associate at Meredith Connell (MC). He practised as a barrister from 2000 to 2014, representing mainly international clients in criminal and immigration matters. During his tenure as a barrister he regularly appeared in the District Courts and the High Court. He has also appeared as second counsel in several high profile trials involving serious crimes, including organised crime, importation and supply of drugs, money laundering, and murder. In 2014 Jack joined Queen City Law as a consultant and began to specialise in immigration law. In the past 8 years he has built up a formidable immigration practice, having successfully assisted hundreds of clients from across the globe. Jack is well versed in a wide spectrum of immigration work, from visa applications to appeals to the IPT and Ministerials. He frequently advises on complicated immigration matters involving significant financial, character, health, or humanitarian issues. In 2022 he decided to join MC, Office of the Crown Solicitor in Auckland to further broaden his legal landscape. Jack is a current member of the ADLS Immigration & Refugee Law Committee and NZAMI.

Aaron Martin, Principal Lawyer, New Zealand Immigration Law
Aaron Martin is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded practitioners of immigration law. Holding a law degree from the University of Auckland, Aaron has decades of experience in assisting private individuals, SMBs, and corporate clients. He is a member of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI), a professional association for New Zealand migration advisors and those who use their services. Aaron’s early experience as an immigration consultant for Malcolm Pacific has given him considerable skill in evaluating complex cases, including those requiring ministerial intervention, appeals, and character or medical waivers. An immigration lawyer for 25 years, he has a sterling reputation and an excellent working relationship with Immigration New Zealand. Aaron is also well-versed in general legal practice and possesses a thorough working knowledge of relevant tax laws and commercial issues facing Investor Category applicants and migrants seeking to establish a business in New Zealand. While he specialises in commercial issues, Aaron takes great pleasure in reuniting families and helping international students transition to the workforce and onto residency.

Deborah Pollard-Manning, Barrister, Landmark Chambers
Deborah Manning is a New Zealand barrister specialising in human rights law including refugee and immigration law. From 2008-2011, she was a senior legal consultant to a Geneva human rights organisation which represents victims of grave human rights violations in the Arab region. She was co-counsel for the Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui, successfully representing him in the review of the first national security risk certificate issued in New Zealand from 2003- 2007. This was a landmark case which saw successful applications and appeals before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court - with Rodney Harrison QC as lead counsel. Deborah is an Executive Member of the Human Rights Foundation (first holding this Membership in 2002), and has been an Executive Member of the Refugee Council of New Zealand from 2000. She is the current convener of the Auckland District Law Society Refugee and Immigration Committee. Deborah currently practices as a barrister in Auckland supported by a team of junior barristers.

Shi Sheng Cai (Shoosh), Senior Associate, Copeland Ashcroft
Shi Sheng Cai (Shoosh) is a Senior Associate at Copeland Ashcroft and regularly acts for employers to help with immigration matters. He has over 7 years of work experience in the immigration sector including experience in the areas of global mobility, corporate immigration, investor migration and expertise with complex New Zealand immigration matters. Shoosh is a member of the Law Association Immigration Committee and is an author for Thomson Reuters Human Rights Law resource. You will find Shoosh "a great guy to deal with". He enjoys working with government officers and is a critical thinker with an insightful legal mind.


Immigration Law Conference: Critical Updates


All Sessions
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
9.00am to 5.15pm Pacific/Auckland
CPD Hours 7
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Morning Session
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Pacific/Auckland
CPD Hours 4
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Afternoon Session
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
2.00pm to 5.15pm Pacific/Auckland
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