Last week Richard Martin was found guilty of 93 immigration-related charges, including providing immigration advice without a licence. He has been remanded in custody pending sentencing on 1 August. A significant amount of work has gone into this case over a long period of time. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially the witnesses. All of our prosecutions depend on witnesses being prepared to come forward.
In our second reference group meeting for 2014 last week the group discussed ideas for improving the qualification and pathways to licensing. The minutes will be available in next month's newsletter. The next steps will depend on the outcomes of the regime review, and be subject to broad consultation.
This week is Maori language week. We have resources on our website that you can refer your clients to for them to learn about Maori culture.
As always, we welcome your feedback about our work. How can we do better? Have we done a good job? Whatever the feedback, compliments and even complaints, we want to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catherine Albiston, Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers
Martin Jenkins is in the process of finalising its review of the regulation of immigration advice. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will provide the review and its own advice to the Minister of Immigration by late July/early August, for his consideration.
We ran a trial Google advertising campaign to raise awareness of licensing and promote the use of licensed immigration advisers in New Zealand, China, India and the Philippines over the course of 12 weeks from 17 March to 1 June.
The campaign targeted migrants using Google to find immigration consultants and led them to the register of licensed immigration advisers. The total cost of the campaign was $2,000.
The purpose of the campaign was to reach consumers in their home country to:
Hits on the register increased significantly over this time.
We'd love to know if you've experienced an increase in traffic from the register. Please email us at email@example.com with your feedback.
The Authority is part of the Consumer Protection and Standards branch within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). The branch includes other occupational regulators such as Licensed Building Practitioners.
The Authority has 18 positions, including the Registrar of Immigration Advisers, across licensing, investigations and business support. We are continuously working to become more efficient with our online application project and by utilising MBIE's expertise and resources.
Our Licensing team currently has five staff who lodge and process all immigration adviser licensing applications, conduct inspections and provide frontline customer service.
Our Investigations team is made up of seven staff who investigate and process complaints about licensed immigration advisers, investigate offences and take prosecutions under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007. We currently have some additional temporary resource to help us clear the complaints backlog.
Our support team currently has three staff who support projects such as our online applications project and the new Code implementation, maintain our CRM and online register, manage OIA requests, maintain the website content, including the toolkits, maintain our internal procedures, undertake all the Authority's reporting functions, manage the budget and office management functions, and support the Registrar.
We have introduced the following new process for assessing complaints about licensed advisers:
This process ensures that the adviser only has to address the specific grounds of complaint capable of being referred to the Tribunal. It should save the adviser time in the long run as they are not being asked to respond to complaints that are not supported by evidence.
Former lawyer Richard James Martin, of Albany, has been found guilty of 93 immigration-related charges at Auckland District Court.
Charges include: providing immigration advice when neither licensed nor exempt, forgery, and supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer.
Mr Martin has been remanded in custody pending sentencing on 1 August.
The Authority promoted licensing to the Samoan community on Saturday 28 June. Over 30 people were given the Authority's new Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers in Samoan and shown how to use the register of licensed advisers.
The next Authority presentations will be to the Tongan community and the Fijian community. The Samoan and Fijian meetings are part of a series of immigration presentations organised by Settlement New Zealand in Auckland.
The Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers is now available in Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.
Contact us for copies to distribute at your office or download your own from our website using the links below.
A provisional licence holder and their supervisor must have a supervision agreement in place that is approved by the Registrar of Immigration Advisers.
A supervisor must:
A provisional licence holder must:
A Professional Standards poster is available to hang on your wall, if you wish.
Under the new 2014 Code, advisers are no longer required to display the code at their premises but some advisers have expressed a wish to display the Professional Standards.
If you would like a copy of the poster, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred delivery address.