A female client came to us just before the Covid-19 lockdown. She was heavily pregnant, unlawful, and had a deportation order placed on her.
Initially, she organized a paid consultation first then engaged straight after the consultation with Simon, our CEO. Simon communicated with the Compliance Team in INZ and also the Section 61 team to advocate her case. Also, he had to work with the High Commission to issue an emergency passport certificate for her as she had an expired passport, and INZ will not issue a visa unless you have a passport. At the same time, he wrote a letter to her midwife so the client can get support while waiting for the outcome of her Section 61 application. All these organized and happened during this lock-down.
Finally, her visitor visa was granted, meaning she is NOT unlawful anymore and has access to a hospital in NZ. She wrote an email to let us know that she will have her baby in 3 weeks.
What a drama, but it was a happy one!