Success comes to those who dare to try
Manesh (not his real name) arrived in Wellington with his family and a suitcase.
He had no qualification, no specific skill set or appealing work experience.
Manesh was stuck working long and hard. He had no qualms about working hard, and nothing was too difficult to do.
His family had the same ethos.
He was an honest and upright citizen wanting to do things the right way.
When Manesh met me, he had already tried many routes for a permanent solution to be in New Zealand.
His many attempts at gaining a residence visa were all met with a closed door.
His prospects for a New Zealand permanent residence visa were very dim.
Once I ascertained his background, aspirations, and his outlook I knew we were onto a potential winner.
He was not going to give up, his spiritual bent, his faith, and his disposition were enough to carve an immigration strategy and a solution that would allow us to have him and his family be granted a permanent residence status.
That is exactly what happened.
Manesh was one of my first immigration law cases.
He taught me that a new migrant with resilience can move mountains.
He just needed appropriate guidance and a little helping hand in the beginning.
His success over the years is a source of inspiration.
Manesh today is a highly successful entrepreneur with an ever-expanding business in Australia, Singapore, India and the Middle East.
He recently purchased a $1.75 million residential property on the hills of Auckland, an area in which rich businesspersons and top corporate executives live.
But he remains what he was all those years ago – humble and hard working.
They are many people like Mahesh in New Zealand. Their stories are to be celebrated as they give inspiration to newcomers who are grappling their way in the dark.
New Zealand is the ultimate winner, as there is an increase of money circulating in this economy, which has a positive flow on effect on all.
The reality is that you can only give if you have something to give; such individuals find themselves in this privileged position as entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.
The migration journey has not failed these fortunate ones. They had the nous to take risks and move their paradigm and come out better.
Idesi Legal takes pride in working with those who share Manesh’s ethos.