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November newsletter

Message from the Acting Registrar Catherine Albiston

Kia ora

Image of Catherine Albiston, Acting Registrar to Immigration AdvisersIn October I met with around 16 advisers in Christchurch and in Wellington, over 40 in Auckland and 12 around the world via teleconference. Thank you to all who attended these meetings and joined in the discussion on our proposed changes to licensing standards.

Thank you also to all of you who have taken time to prepare submissions. We will be analysing the submissions during November. I look forward to letting you know the outcome of the consultation and our next steps in the December newsletter.

We are anticipating receiving our highest ever peak of new, renewal and upgrade applications December - January. There’s more about what you can do to avoid delays in the article below.

Catherine Albiston,
Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers

Planning to upgrade or renew in December?

An image representign the 24th December deadline. We are anticipating a high volume of renewal and upgrade applications in December and January and encourage you to get your application in early to avoid delays.

We strongly recommend advisers not to attempt to submit an application on 24 December 2014. If your application is not complete, we will not be able to lodge the application.

Limited and provisional licence holders who were licensed under the 2010 competency standards have until 24 December 2014 to upgrade their licence without completing the qualification.

Applications will only be accepted until midday on 24 December 2014. The Authority is closed from 25 December 2014 and reopens on 5 January 2015.

If your licence is going to expire between 24 December 2014 and 5 January 2015 you need to lodge it with us before 12pm on 24 December 2014.

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 one 2015, your request must be received by Friday 19 December 2014.

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:

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 2015, the Graduate Certificate starts on 2 February and 6 July. The qualification can be studied full-time over one academic semester (17 weeks) or part-time over up to two years.

How to change your details on the IAA register

If you need to tell us about a change of details, please complete our Change of Details Form, available on our website at www.iaa.govt.nz/forms. Please complete and sign and the form and email it back to us to process.

We cannot change your details unless you complete this form. Thanks!

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

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24. A licensed immigration adviser must:

  1. require that any employees or other persons engaged by the adviser also preserve the confidentiality of the client.

Read more about confidentiality >>

Online 2014 Code workshop still available until December

Online 2014 Code workshop still available until December
If you wanted to complete the 2014 Code online workshop it isn’t too late!

The online 2014 Code of Conduct Workshop will remain open until the end of December 2014.

The Workshop is aimed at increasing your understanding of the new Code in an interactive way. It costs NZ$89.95 (incl GST) and can be completed in your own time.

Preparing statutory declarations

The JP Federation website has helpful information on preparing statutory declarations, including a blank statutory declaration form.

For more information visit the JP Federation website >>

Tribunal decisions

The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal has recently published its decisions April – September 2014. Most of these decisions were upheld and the sanction decisions are yet to be published.

We welcome your feedback

Feedback image. How can we do better? Have we done a good job? Whatever the feedback, compliments or complaints, we want to hear from you.

Email us at info@iaa.govt.nz.