March newsletter

Message from Registrar Catherine Albiston

Image of Catherine Albiston, Registrar of Immigration AdvisersThank you to those of you who volunteered to be part of the 2015 Reference Group and Steering Group on the development of the new Graduate Diploma. The membership of each group is announced below and I look forward to our first meetings later this month.

Draft revised Competency Standards are on our website for your comment by the end of this week. These new standards will put in place the requirement for graduates to hold a provisional licence for two years before upgrading to a full licence. They also put in place a new CPD framework which will allow us to implement the changes we consulted on last year.

The Ministry of Justice has recently updated its website with the most recent decisions from the Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal. I encourage you to have a look and discuss these decisions with your colleagues.

Catherine Albiston, Registrar of Immigration Advisers


The Authority’s 2015 Reference Group

The membership of the Authority’s 2015 Reference Group is:

  • June Ranson (Woburn International) / Simon Moore (e-Migration) (NZAMI representative)
  • Karen Justice (Ernst & Young)  (NZAIP representative)
  • Zeenat Afiz (Fragomen)
  • Ann-Maree Duxfield (University of Auckland)
  • Wiebe Herder (Woburn International)
  • Lucy He (TDA Immigration)
  • Amar Manchanda (Ambition Immigration)
  • Carina Ford (Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers)
  • Allister Simpson (Endeavour Immigration)
  • Lisa Seaborn (Immigration Management)

If you have topics that you would like the Reference Group to discuss, please let the Authority or one of the members know. The Reference Group is an opportunity for members to raise any issues they wish to discuss.  

The group also includes an INZ representative and a consumer representative from the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

Read what was discussed by the 2014 group >>


Developing the new Graduate Diploma

A Steering Group has been formed to assist with the development of the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice. Its members are:

  • Anu Grover (AIC Immigration Consultancy)
  • Rachel Lishman (Bay Immigration)
  • Richard Howard (Pathways to New Zealand)
  • Sanjeev Singh (Network Migration Services)
  • Vanessa Sharratt (Greenstone Global)

The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic will present to the Steering Group monthly from March and report on its development work.


Draft Competency Standards now available for comment

In 2014, the Immigration Advisers Authority consulted with immigration advisers and other stakeholders on proposed changes to licensing standards. As a result, the Registrar of Immigration Advisers and the Minister of Immigration agreed to a number of changes, including extending the immigration adviser’s entry qualification to a one-year graduate diploma (full-time), and requiring graduates to hold a provisional licence for two years before upgrading to a full licence.

These agreed changes require amendments to the Immigration Advisers Competency Standards.

The revised Immigration Advisers Competency Standards are now available for your comment.

If agreed, these new standards are likely to be implemented in the second half of 2015, along with changes to continuing professional development requirements.

Email info@iaa.govt.nz with your feedback by Friday 6 March 2015 >>


Industry places on the Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice

Image showing course cover. To reserve an industry place on the Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice in semester two 2015, your request must be received by Friday 1 May 2015.

Each semester, the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic reserves 20 places for people currently employed within immigration practices. These places can be either full-time or part-time.

To reserve an industry place, the employer needs to contact David Lyon david.lyon@boppoly.ac.nz and confirm that the employee:

  • has a formal employment relationship with their organisation
  • will be required by their organisation to apply for an immigration adviser licence once they graduate.

Once an industry place has been offered to the employer’s organisation, the prospective student will need to apply and meet the academic and entry requirements of the programme before they can enrol and utilise the place reserved in their name.

In semester two 2015, the Graduate Certificate starts on 6 July. Students who start the Graduate Certificate in July 2015 may study full-time over one academic semester (17 weeks) or part-time up over 18 months, up until December 2016.


Tribunal decisions

The Ministry of Justice has recently updated its website with the most recent decisions from the Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal.

Read Tribunal decisions here >>


Did you know, under the 2014 Code...?

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22. A licensed immigration adviser must, each time a fee and/or disbursement is payable, provide the client with an invoice containing a full description of the services the fee relates to and/or disbursements that the invoice relates to.

Read more about invoicing >>


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