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Migrant guide to licensed immigration advisers out now

Media release

9 April 2014

A new guide to licensed immigration advisers is now available for people seeking immigration advice.

Your Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers explains the benefits of using licensed advisers and the risks of using unlicensed people acting illegally.

By law, anyone providing New Zealand immigration advice in or outside New Zealand must be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless exempt.

Exempt people, such as New Zealand lawyers, do not need to hold a licence to give immigration advice.

Translated copies of the guide will be available in Simplified Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.

Acting Registrar of Immigration Advisers, Catherine Albiston, said: “Licensed advisers have specialist expertise.  They can help with a wide variety of immigration issues. Your Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisers tells you what to expect and offers helpful tips when searching for advice.”

Top tips for migrants

  1. Check your adviser is licensed by the Authority or exempt. All licensed immigration advisers can be found using the Authority’s online register at www.iaa.govt.nz or calling free from New Zealand on 0508 422 422 or on +64 9 925 3838 from outside New Zealand.
  2. Speak to several advisers to decide which one best meets your needs. Licensed advisers vary in expertise, fees and services offered.
  3. Avoid unlicensed people acting illegally. Immigration New Zealand returns applications submitted by them.
  4. Stay away from anyone who claims to have personal contacts at Immigration New Zealand and anyone who encourages you to lie on your visa application form or asks you to sign a visa application form before it has been filled out. You should never sign a document you don’t understand.

To order hardcopies of the guide, email info@iaa.govt.nz or call 0508 422 422. Remember to include how many copies of the Guide you need and in which language.

ENDS

Notes to editor

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

We do this by:

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.