Immigration & Refugee Law
The ADLS Immigration & Refugee Law Committee organises a range of seminars for lawyers seeking to enter into or improve in the practice of immigration law. It fosters support and collegiality with a focus on best practice and preserving the role of lawyers in the immigration process. In addition to making submissions and advocating for law reform the Committee liaises with Immigration NZ, the Immigration Protection Tribunal and the UNHCR in its attempts to safeguard the rights of refugees.
The effects and extent of migration remains a topic of debate within New Zealand. The ADLS Immigration & Refugee Law Committee considers and responds to developments of interest to practitioners in the field of immigration for the benefit of the public and for the professionals representing them. It provides a vehicle for legislative change and best practice.
As a watchdog, the Committee monitors and makes submissions where appropriate on proposed government legislation and/or policy relevant to our specialist field. Committee members have made appearances before the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee. Often the focus of these submissions is to contain the ever increasing and encroaching powers of government agents.
As a representative, the Committee has invested a lot of time building and enhancing bi-lateral communication between government agents and ADLS. This includes meetings with Senior Management from the Immigration New Zealand to ensure transparency in their dealings with applicants. At times it has been necessary to escalate issues to the Deputy Secretary - Department of Labour, particularly in relation to the Immigration Profiling Branch. We have also put matters before the Office of the Ombudsman. Bilateral meetings between ADLS and the Refugee Status Branch occur on an ‘as required basis’ to address refugee issues.
Finally, the Committee identifies CPD Seminars that would assist practitioners, focusing on either emerging areas of law or entry level seminars to assist new practitioners. At present ADLS is rolling out a series of seminars aimed at upskilling the increasing number of lawyers entering the immigration field for the first time.
The Committee welcomes enquiries from new members through either the Convenor Deborah Manning or Committee Secretary Melissa Fini on firstname.lastname@example.org.
08 Jun 2012
Immigration Amendment Bill 2012
Submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012
19 Sep 2011
Response to INZ Policy Review Regarding the Role and Scope of its ‘PPI’ process in offshore applications for temporary visas
Submission to Immigration New Zealand in response to INZ Policy Review Regarding the Role and Scope of its ‘PPI’ process in offshore applications for temporary visas
09 Jul 2010
Review of Immigration Policies for Religious Workers
Submission to the Department of Labour in response to the Review of Immigration Policies for Religious Workers consultation document