Media

The Immigration Advisers Authority was set up to promote and protect the interests of people receiving New Zealand immigration advice.

We do this by:

  • issuing licences to people who are fit and competent to give immigration advice
  • maintaining competency standards and a code of conduct for immigration advisers
  • investigating people giving immigration advice without a licence or exemption.
  • receiving complaints from people who have received poor immigration advice

Under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 anyone giving immigration advice must have a licence unless they are exempt. Exempt people include lawyers with a current New Zealand practising certificate and Citizens Advice Bureaux staff among others.

The Authority is independent of Immigration New Zealand and cannot give immigration advice or influence a visa application.

Background

The Immigration Advisers Authority was established under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007.

Under the Act anyone giving immigration advice must have a licence unless they are an exempt person. Exempt people include lawyers with a current New Zealand practising certificate and Citizens Advice Bureaux workers among others.

The Registrar of Immigration Advisers

Catherine Albiston is the Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers and head of the Authority.

Ms Albiston is the Authority’s official media spokesperson. Interviews can be arranged by appointment. Email info@iaa.govt.nz or call 027 442 2141.

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Catherine Albiston