Which Pathway is Better?

Under the new residence rules migrants may have different pathways open to them. If a person can qualify for both the Green List and the Skilled Migrant it can be hard to know which is the best option. Are they the same? This session will equip you with the knowledge to protect your clients and their futures.

Monday, 26 August 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $178.50

Bradley So, Senior Associate, Queen City Law

1.00pm to 3.00pm Which Pathway is Better?

This is an overall view of the SR3 – SR7 series of residence pathways. It will discuss INZ processes attitudes and approach.
As this session assumes a baseline knowledge of residence principles, it is aimed at practitioners with at least an intermediate level of expertise

An overview:

  • SR3 is a newcomer having come into effect from Oct 2023
  • SR4 and SR5 has been subject to ongoing tinkering since inception. SR to a lesser degree
  • SR7 has been neutered since Apr 2024 but we will still see residual applicants coming through
  • For people on the 2x median wage, do they apply under SR3 or SR5?

Presented by Sonny Lam, Consultant, Queen City Law and Hannah Alcantara, Lawyer, Queen City Law


Attend and earn 2 CPD hours


Bradley So, Senior Associate, Queen City Law
Bradley So is a Senior Associate at Queen City Law and he manages the immigration team. He specialises in business migration and foreign investments. He has represented significant employers and ultra-high net worth individuals. His clients have invested in excess of $500 million in New Zealand and he has assisted multinationals with their immigration requirements.

Sonny Lam, Solicitor, Queen City Law
Sonny is a former Immigration New Zealand Officer. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2007, practicing in the area of employment and family law for around 7 years before joining Immigration New Zealand. He has a balanced understanding of the New Zealand Immigration system having served with INZ in multiple officer roles before being called back to private practice as a lawyer in 2015. Sonny’s focus is on helping families. He has personally taken part in assisting thousands of people obtain residency, whether as an Immigration officer or as an Immigration lawyer. He has particular expertise in the SMC Skilled Migrant Category Residence applications, particularly in Immigration Appeals to the IPT on residency decline decisions. His family law background and his former experience as an Immigration Officer in the partnership assessment teams will give you the edge in preparing for a partnership application. Due to the unique mixture of his background, Sonny is also highly in demand in providing Employment and Immigration business advisory advice for companies hiring migrant workers, including applying for the legalisation of overstayer workers which is known as a s61 application. He has acted on Immigration/ Employment matters for various international companies for their New Zealand business interests, including collective bargaining with migrant workers.

Hannah Alcantara, Lawyer, Queen City Law

This seminar is part of a series

Immigration Lunchtime Series: Reforms, Pathways, Employment Law Intersection & Deportation

With reforms to the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme and migrant worker protections, reforms to the Active Investor Plus category and concerns regarding deportations, join for three comprehensive 2-hour sessions to assist you to easily fit into your schedule. Understand the implications of the latest set of immigration law reforms. Ensure you have all of the best practice tips, updated case law and understand the challenges and opportunities for your immigration law clients. Attend all three sessions or just catch up on what you need.


Attend the full series and earn 6 CPD hours

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Which Pathway is Better?


Single Session
Monday, 26 August 2024
1.00pm to 3.00pm New Zealand
CPD Hours 2
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $178.50
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