Immigration Law Intensive: The Reforms Plus More

Session ID: 183NZW03
Date: Friday, 02 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: The InterContinental Wellington, Level 1, 2 Grey St, Wellington

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Session Content

Date: Friday 02 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Venue: InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey Street

Attend and earn 4 CPD hours

Immigration law has recently undergone extensive changes. New policies, significant changes to the Skilled Migrant Category and lower character waiver threshold - that's a lot to keep up with. But don't worry - we've got you covered. Join our expert panel for a morning of critical updates all while securing your CPD hours.

Chair: Ian Carter, Barrister, Featherston Chambers


Presented by Sian Roguski, Manager, Immigration Policy, Labour & Immigration Policy Branch, Labour, Science and Enterprise Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Recent Position Adopted by Immigration New Zealand
Learn about how it might impact your clients and about possible avenues for redress

Presented by Kamil Kashmal, Principal Lawyer, Idesi Legal

Immigration New Zealand and the High Standard for Character Issues

  • Character requirements for partners supporting Partnership Category Applications
  • Lower character waiver threshold for Temporary class visa applicants
  • Ways to avoid a conviction

Presented by John Petris, Barrister and Solicitor, Specialist New Zealand Immigration Lawyer

Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills: After the Shake up
Understand recent changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills categories, including:

  • Assessment of skilled employment and work experience under SMC
  • Remuneration bands to assess skill level of roles under Essential Skills and the implications for lower-skilled visa holders
  • Other relevant changes

Presented by Jo Cottrell, Principal Lawyer, Cottrell Legal

Complaints and Related Issues

  • The Immigration New Zealand client complaints process
  • The Ombudsman complaints process
  • Record keeping and request of files

Presented by Richard Small, Director and Senior Lawyer, Pacific Legal

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of changes to Skilled Migrant Category
  • Examine complaints and related issues facing immigration solicitors and advisers
  • Understand the character requirements

Chair: Ian Carter

Sian Roguski

Kamil Lakshman

Kamil Lakshman is IDESI LEGAL Limited's Principal Lawyer, with years of experience in Immigration Law. Mrs Lakshman holds a prominent position in the extended Wellington community. She is often asked to serve on Governmental consultation groups on migrant and refugee matters. She is an influential member in many Refugee and Migrant communities and has chaired many boards. Mrs Lakshman is long standing member of the New Zealand Law Society's Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee, she is now the committee Convenor for the last two years and her membership of the National Immigration and Refugee Law Reform committee has been renewed for another term. She is also a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals, and the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment. She also represents the New Zealand Law Society on Immigration New Zealand's reference group ,which consults on wider Immigration issues. She writes regular columns and articles regarding immigration related issues and hosts a weekly radio program "Koffee with Kamil", discussing pertinent issues in relation to New Zealand Immigration Law. Mrs Lakshman initially completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After which she worked for many years in the Ministry of Education as a Divisional Manager. At this stage she commenced and completed her Diploma in Corporate Management and Masters in Business Administration in International Management. She then went on to complete her LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She was admitted to the New Zealand High Court as Barrister and Solicitor in 2000. She is often involved with various issues arising in Immigration related areas and has a passion for representing those that have been wronged. Mrs Lakshman has organised multiple humanitarian appeals to aid Fiji relief efforts. She has a spiritual bent including enjoying yoga, meditation. As co-coordinator of "Mamta", an Asian Women's group she has successfully lobbied the New Zealand Government on many migrant issues. Te-Papa, the New Zealand National Museum has benefited from her input in regards to the "Aainaa - Indian Wedding in New Zealand" exhibition and also in a series of ongoing lectures and forums.

John Petris

John Petris is the Co convenor of the Immigration and Refugee Committee of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Law Society. He is a member of the Legal Aid Performance Review Committee with a focus on Immigration and Refugee areas, Petris Law was established in 1999 and located in central Wellington. The current focus of the office is on family Immigration matters involving difficult issues. John Petris has appeared as an advocate before tribunals and the courts. He is one of the few New Zealand lawyers who has lodged petitions with the Human Rights Committee in Geneva. John Petris is committed to strong advocacy for migrants.

Jo Cottrell

Jo Cottrell is of Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Raukawa descent. Jo grew up initially in rural Whangarei and then Taupo until settling permanently in Wellington after completing her university studies there. Jo has worked as a lawyer since graduating from Victoria University and being admitted to the bar at a ceremony in Napier presided over by Sir Edward Durie. Jo started her immigration career at Malcolm Pacific in Wellington and left after supervising their Wellington operation for 2 years. She has run her own law firm since 2010 which has grown to a practise of 5 solicitors and 8 support staff. While well versed in most application types, Jo's expertise is in the areas of skilled migrant, partnership and religious worker. Jo is a member of the NZLS Immigration Committee and is currently the Secretary. In addition to her law degree from Victoria University of Wellington Jo also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution and Negotiation and Mediation from Massey University. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Richard Small

Richard Small has over 20 years of specialist experience as a lawyer in his field. He holds New Zealand Law Society Immigration Committee positions and is often quoted in national media as an immigration expert. A past Chair and member of the New Zealand Society Immigration and Refugee Law committees, Richard was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Association of Migration Investment (NZAMI) in 2015, the peak body for immigration advisers in New Zealand.

Venue Details

The InterContinental Wellington

Level 1, 2 Grey St
Wellington 6011

Ph: 64 4 47227722


Limited valet parking available at NZ$20 per day. Additional parking

available at Wilson Parking with NZ$5 per half hour and NZ$22 for


The Intercontinental is a 2 min walk from Lambton Quay which

has a number of buses going to airport and suburbs. It's a 10 min walk to

the nearest train station.

Taxis are also available downstairs at the hotel entry.

Parking is not included in the registrartion fee and price is subject to


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