Supporting migrants

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By PHILIP CHANDLER

A Queenstowner who’s launched an immigration advice service feels her own experiences as a former migrant are a good string to her bow.

Englishwoman Megan Wallace (left), who’s now a permanent Kiwi resident, calls her new business ‘Vita Nova’ — Latin for ‘new beginnings’.

Wallace says there are many migrants in Queenstown who bring valuable skills and qualifications from overseas whom she’d like to help settle in New Zealand ‘‘with an affordable, stress-free service’’.

‘‘I know how stressful the process is, I’m there to help them through that process and hopefully get the right result.

‘‘I want them to understand their path ways, their options in New Zealand, ’cos these people we’ve got here are so talented, and we’re losing them.’’

Uncertainty over government policies and Immigration NZ processing delays don’t help, she admits.

Wallace, who has a law degree from the UK and worked as a local immigration advisor with Collective Consulting for the past two years, is running Vita Nova from workspace business Mountain Club.

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