This policy sets out how the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMR Act) allows Australian registered migration agents to become New Zealand licensed immigration advisers.
The TTMR Act provides for the mutual recognition of equivalent registered occupations between Australia and New Zealand.
Under the TTMR Act, a migration agent who is registered with the Australian Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) can apply to become a licensed immigration adviser in New Zealand.
An applicant must complete all sections of the TTMR Act Application Form and include:
Applicants should renew their registration with OMARA prior to applying under the TTMR Act because the Authority needs to see that the applicant’s certificate is current, and not expiring shortly.
As part of the application process, the Authority will contact OMARA to determine whether the applicant has any complaints, investigations or disciplinary proceedings pending against them.
The Authority will not test an applicant on their understanding of New Zealand immigration matters before granting them a licence. However, the Authority does expect the applicant to be familiar with the:
The Registrar will determine the application within one month of receiving a complete application.
If the Registrar approves the application, the applicant will receive a full New Zealand immigration advisers licence valid for one year. The Registrar will also add their name to the register.
The Authority will send a licence certificate, a wallet card and information about being a licensed immigration adviser in New Zealand to the service address given on the application.
The Registrar may postpone or refuse registration if:
If the Registrar refuses or postpones an application, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal established by the Ministry of Justice to hear appeals under the TTMR Act.
All advisers licensed under the TTMR Act must comply with the Licensed Immigration Advisers Code of Conduct 2010.
Lawyers with an Australian practising certificate can apply under the TTMR Act. However, lawyers who hold a current New Zealand practising certificate and their employees who provide immigration advice within the scope of their employment agreement, are not allowed to be New Zealand licensed immigration advisers.
The following persons may witness a statutory declaration made in New Zealand:
The following persons are authorised to witness a statutory declaration made outside New Zealand:
If eligible, an adviser granted a New Zealand immigration advisers licence under the TTMR Act may apply to renew their licence through the TTMR Act by completing the relevant sections of the TTMR Act application form.
To be eligible to renew their licence through the TTMR Act, the applicant must be currently registered as an Australian Migration Agent with the OMARA.
An applicant’s current OMARA registration must not have been granted through Australia’s equivalent trans-Tasman mutual recognition process. This means that the applicant must have completed either a standard initial OMARA registration or a standard repeat OMARA registration before applying to renew their New Zealand immigration advisers licence through the TTMR Act.
For applicants who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand the initial application processing fee is NZ$909.78 and the immigration adviser’s levy is NZ$1129.55.
A person is ordinarily resident in New Zealand if they have spent more than 183 days in New Zealand in the immediately preceding 12-month period and are not unlawfully in New Zealand.
For applicants who are not ordinarily resident in New Zealand the application processing fee is NZ$791.11 and the immigration adviser’s levy is NZ$982.22.