Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lawyers and NZ immigration

Days 116-117

So, we are still working through Yams application to come to New Zealand. We thought we had filled in all the documentation then had to go to a lawyer to get a couple of things witnessed. Over here, this will cost you $40 per page that needs to be witnessed. This is outrageous as this service in new Zealand is done for free. How the heck could a Thai person afford 1000 bhat per page to be witnessed when they are earning 25bhat an hour. Crazy! The other thing the lawyers did of course was to put the fear of God in to us about the visa process. Even though they had never done an application to New Zealand.

So, once we got back to the condo I put my thinking cap on and thought surely with less than six degrees of separation in new Zealand I could find someone at home to help. Sure enough with a few turns of the cogs in the old brain I tracked down a couple of friends who work in a law firm who have an immigration specialist and after a couple of emails to my friends and a good word after a couple of hours I was on the phone to their immigration specialist. I am sending our documents to him for a review for very reasonable cost plus he has done many applications in Thailand for clients and has a couple of contacts over here at immigration, so it is just a waiting game while he sorts everything out and we will wait and see.

In the meantime I am practicing my Thai and doing my homework as I have class again on Friday. :)

Thanks for taking time out of your day to follow my blog. Cheers, Nick.

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