How the changing immigration situation makes old information more unreliable

With Covid affecting immigration policy with every change in situation, either good or bad, coupled with how INZ handle the changes in their workload we are seeing big changes very frequently. NZ's immigration law is designed to be able to be changed quickly, but in these last 8 months we have experienced changes at a scope and frequency that we have never seen before. At the time this article was written there have been 46 changes in immigration law since the start of 2020.

My friend said that...

It is always surprising that so many people rely on what their friends say about their experiences with immigration, and even when things don't change much this is a very unreliable strategy for personal success as everyone's experiences will be different. Recently even statements from licensed professionals that were 100% correct at the time, become incorrect with the passing of new immigration policy and instructions. We have seen cases where correct advice given has had to be changed the next day because of changes at INZ. Advisers have reported many cases of having to abandon or totally change applications half way through the process as immigration policy has changed.

This is just the nature of what we need to deal with at the moment and it just means that we all need to be flexible and stay alert to keep up with the changes.

Things to be careful of

In any matter concernng immigration to NZ you should always keep in mind these important points:

  1. What you have done before may not apply now
  2. What was possible for your friend may not be possible for you, even if you think your situations are the same
  3. Advice given at any time in the past may not be applicable right now

How do professionals handle this situation?

We also do not like the unpredictability and changeable nature of NZ immigration and can get as frustrated as anyone else, but the biggest difference between a professional and lay person is that when things change, we can react correctly and quickly. We identify the change as soon as it is relevant and we can then re-align the application to the new rules, or to an alternate pathway. 

When a lay person is relying on advice given by a professional some time in the past, there is always a risk that advice may have become out of date (even if it was only last week), but when a professional is looking after the entire process, we can update things appropriately as we go along. When things change, we change with it and in this way the proces is managed.

When a person gets information by calling an adviser or getting a consultation, they are getting advice that is correct at the time of the consultation. If 2 weeks later that client starts their application themself, no one can guarantee that the advice given then is 100% correct at the time they submit their application. This is just one of the big risks in a self prepared application. However, when we are looking after the case, when things change, our approach to dealing with it changes accordingly so this part of the risk is mitigated.


The change is inevitible, but you can choose how it is managed.