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Julia Lang

Direct dial: +64 3 966 7705
Mobile: + 64 22 092 3454
E-mail: Julia.Lang@saunders.co.nz
Office: CBD

I first worked with Saunders and Co as a summer clerk between 2016 and 2017 while completing my Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury. After graduating, and having developed an interest in immigration law while studying, I joined the immigration team in early 2018 and was admitted to the bar later that year.


I assist clients to obtain a full range of visas; business, student, work, visitor, family, and residence visas. My particular interest lies in assisting clients applying on the basis of partnership. I also advocate for clients when concerns or issues are raised during the processing of their application.

15 March 2022

New visa policy offers aid to Ukrainian nationals

The Government has today announced new policy to offer shelter to Ukrainian nationals whose lives are at risk from Russia’s aggression, following the illegal invasion of Ukraine that began last month.

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4 February 2022

New Zealand's border reopening: the 5-stage process

This article has been updated to reflect the most recent changes to the scheduled border reopening dates, announced by the Government on 16 March 2022.

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30 September 2021

2021 Resident Visa - the game-changing one-off - what you need to know

Early this morning the Minister made a major announcement of a new category of residence visa which is estimated to impact up to 165,000 migrants.

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8 July 2021

New border exception to allow 300 teachers into New Zealand

A new border exception has been announced, to address the ongoing shortage of qualified teachers in New Zealand.

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11 June 2021

Uncertainty around residence pathways continues despite latest Immigration announcements

The Immigration Minister has today announced further adjustments to visa settings, following on from announcements made at the end of 2020.

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20 April 2021

Reading the fine print in INZ’s “family reunification” border exceptions

The Minister of Immigration has made a much-anticipated announcement regarding New Zealand’s border closure.

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20 February 2021

Two changes announced to grant reprieve to visitor visa holders

The Government has announced two temporary measures impacting visitor visa holders, to grant some relief to those who are currently in New Zealand on visitor visas and who wish to remain here for longer, rather than returning to uncertain and…

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14 January 2021

New border exception to allow 1000 international students to re-enter New Zealand

Expanding on the earlier border exception announced in October 2020 which allowed up to 250 PhD and Master’s students to enter New Zealand to complete their study, the Government has today approved a further border exception class for returning tertiary…

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13 October 2020

Certain international students added to border exception list

The latest set of border exceptions was announced by the Government yesterday, this time targeting the international education sector, in recognition of the important role international education will play in New Zealand’s COVID recovery plan.

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23 September 2020

Seasonal Work Visa Expansion | Saunders & Co | Lawyers

Further temporary visa changes are being implemented, with the aim of mitigating seasonal labour shortages in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture resulting from the ongoing border closure.

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15 September 2020

Certain offshore visa applications set to resume processing

Immigration New Zealand’s adjustment to processing priorities sees the resumption of processing certain offshore visa applications.

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4 September 2020

Visitor Visa Holders Afforded More Time

INZ has today announced two updates to the visitor visa system, to help those currently in New Zealand remain here lawfully while they make arrangements to leave the country.   Those updates are as follows:   1.

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14 May 2020

What the Visa Processing Landscape looks like Under Level 2

With restrictions relaxing under alert level 2 and more staff able to return to the office, Immigration New Zealand’s visa processing capacity, which has been largely limited over the lockdown period, is now increasing.

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