In the last month I have been grateful to meet more than 25 advisers including the Chairs of NZAMI and NZAIP and three companies who employ a number of advisers. I look forward to meeting many more of you over the coming months and better understanding the issues you face in your daily work.
Listening to your views, the most important task for the Authority is setting the standard for licensing at the right level. I am committed to looking at the qualification and the pathways to licensing and making sure that we get the licensing standard right.
Thank you to all of you who gave feedback on the draft Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers which I have read and considered. There was a lot of support for the new Guide and we have made some changes based on your suggestions. I am committed to building confidence and trust in licensed immigration advisers and hopeful that the new Guide helps us do that.
I’m also pleased to let you know that we are working on a project to give advisers a secure portal on our website where you will be able to lodge your licence applications and update your details. I hope this is one way we can reduce the compliance costs of licensing and make your interactions with the Authority quicker and easier.
I look forward to our first Reference Group meeting next week and would like to wish you a happy Easter break.
Catherine Albiston, Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has selected Martin, Jenkins and Associates to carry out the review of the regulatory regime for the provision of immigration advice.
The Ministry is currently developing a stakeholder engagement plan with Martin Jenkins.
It is likely that stakeholders will be given the opportunity to make electronic submissions, and to participate in workshops or small group discussions with the reviewers (probably later in April and May).
We would also anticipate stakeholders having an opportunity to comment on the reviewer’s findings, in June or July.
The Authority is working on a project to enable you to access our services online.
You will have a secure logon, be able to update your contact details and keep a record of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
In addition you will be able to complete an online renewal or upgrade application form and submit this form with any required attachments and your payment.
The option to submit paper application forms will continue to be available.
Your Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers is now available in two versions for you to either read online or print.
We have made several changes to the original draft thanks to suggestions from nearly 50 advisers and migrant representatives.
Over the coming months, the Guide will be translated into Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.
Hardcopies will be distributed to: INZ Visa Application Centres, international student offices, local council migrant resource centres, Citizens Advice Bureaux and Community Law Centres.
We had a great response this year with 24 advisers volunteering to join the Licensed Advisers Reference Group 2014.
The following people will be attending:
The first meeting on Tuesday 8 April starts with an open agenda to allow us to discuss adviser concerns, views and ideas.
Minutes will be posted online after the meeting.
The Authority will be closed on three dates in April.
Please be mindful of this when submitting your licence renewal.
The Authority will be closed on:
Friday 18 April, Monday 21 April and Friday 25 April.
A licensed immigration adviser:
must, if charging a fee for an initial consultation, before the initial consultation, obtain the client’s written consent to the fee and the payment terms and conditions for that fee.
The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal has recently published a number of decisions online. Here are some you may be interested in.
BL & UL v AX Decision  NZIACDT 9 (5 February 2014).
This decision relates to supervision.
NNS v MUL Decision  NZIACDT 18 (26 February 2014).
This decision relates to negligence and supervision.
TU v Hakaoro Decision  NZIACDT 67 (8 October 2013) and Penalty Decision  NZIACDT 1 (15 January 2014).
These decisions relate to breaches of the Code of Conduct and dishonest and misleading behaviour.
Employees wishing to join the July intake of the Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice can apply for a reserved place by Wednesday 30 April.
The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has 17 places remaining for students currently employed within immigration practices.
If you would like to reserve an employee’s place for the semester starting 7 July, email David Lyon at the Polytechnic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com with your preferred delivery address.
A summary of the findings from the Adviser Satisfaction Survey 2014 can be found online.