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Newsletter Issue 38 | Oct 2022
Greetings from Legal Associates! 

We hope you and your families are safe and well.

We have some good news finally with Immigration New Zealand revising the conditions for the Parent Visa. You can find further details below.

As we get closer to the end of this year, there are a few celebratory updates from us. Ashima Singh is the first Indian-born lawyer to be granted Notary Public by the New Zealand Society of Notaries.

Recently, Ashima was awarded the highest honour 'Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire' from the Rotary Foundation.

Find out more by reading the articles below.
Get in touch with our team for any support on immigration or other legal matters. 

Raj & Ashima

News & Updates
Ashima Singh received the 'Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire', Rotary Foundation's Highest Award, from The Rotary Foundation, Papatoetoe Central
The Rotary Foundation's highest award is the Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire.
The Sapphire states that you have been named a Paul HarrisFellow which is the next level up, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance give for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.”

Ashima Singh was selected to receive this recognition because Rotary Club Papatoetoe Central believes that her life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.
We are very proud to announce that Ashima Singh,Co- founder and Partner at Legal Associates is the first INDIAN BORN, New Zealand LAWYER to become Notary Public.

Ashima was admitted to Notaries Society of New Zealand in 2022. She had completed her Bachelor of Law from University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 and admitted to High Court of New Zealand and since then she is working as Lawyer.

This marvellous achievement adds further to Ashima’s already extensive list of accomplishments.The new service is now fully operational from our office premises and her success proudly belongs to all communities, migrants and non-migrants alike.Ashima has been awarded as Inspiring Ethnic Business Women 2022 at Women4Women Inaugural Ethnic Women Awards. She received an award for Exceptional Services to Communities 2019 at Indian Newslink Community Awards. She is also awarded as Businesswomen of the Year 2016 at Indian Business Awards.

Ashima’s inspiration:

As a young mother and migrant woman, Ashima’s passion to empower people from the migrant communities and to provide legal representation for all communities inspired her to pursue Notary services.

Deeply committed to social justice, Ashima conceived the idea of providing a free legal clinic at her office premises every Saturday during school term from 10:00am to 12:00 pm.
The purpose of this was to ensure that Legal Associates was at the forefront of educating the community as to their legal rights, the provision of preliminary legal advice free of cost to prospective clients as well as those people who cannot afford legal representation.

Legal Associates Limited continues to prominently advocate for community empowerment.
What is Notary Service:
A Notary Service is usually sought when the validity of a document needs to be verified for overseas use. The Archbishop of Canterbury, England, grants a special officer called a Notary Public to be entrusted with this duty.The Notary Public will verify the identity of the signatory requesting the service and then attest or certify the respective documents with their official seal. In some cases, Notary will assist in the preparation and drafting of the documents to be notarised.

How can Ashima assist you:

As Notary Public, Ashima can sign and seal your documents that you are asked to provide for overseas use such as to government agencies, courts, and for commercial contracts.The process is simple: You visit Legal Associates office with your identification proof, such as original passport and the document that you need to send overseas.Ashima will then check the document with you for completion. She will then verify your identity and certify your overseas document with her official seal.Some documents that require to be notarised for overseas use are:
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Affidavits and Declarations
  • Property Documents
  • Commercial Documents
  • Identification Documents
  • Academic Records
  • Translation Documents
 Process of getting notarised:
  1. Ensure your document is properly drafted and complete for the required purpose. Here at Legal Associates, we can assist you with drafting and preparing your documents.  
  2. For the verification of your identity ensure you bring necessary identification, preferably your Passport.  
  3. The Notary Public will sign and seal the document.
Employment Law: Maintaining Employee Records

All employers in New Zealand are under legal obligation to maintain and keep wage, time, leave, and holiday records for each and every employee. It's very important to note that this is a non delegable obligation and ultimately it’s the employer’s responsibility for not having any records. 

Parent Resident Visa 
The Parent Resident Visa restarted on 12 October 2022 with reduced requirements for sponsors.

Number of visas available each year will be increased from 1,000 to 2,500.

Finally the day is here after a lot of struggle and a long wait, Many Many congratulations to Priyance Rawat for your Resident visa.
We welcome Swapnil In New Zealand. Congratulations for your new start as a student with Legal Associates.
Congratulations to one more happy client Shabana for her Residence Visa
Radio Spice Live with Notary Public  Ashima Singh From Legal Associates
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Level 1 Papatoetoe
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