Looking for Immigration advice?
New Zealand’s Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) has launched a campaign to help Brazilians, Chileans and Colombians looking to live or work in New Zealand know what to do when seeking immigration advice.
“If you or your family need immigration advice on coming to or residing in New Zealand for work, study or travel, it’s important to use a licensed or exempt immigration adviser,” says Registrar of New Zealand Immigration Advisers Karla Flood.
“To make sure you are protected; use our Looking for New Zealand Immigration Advice checklist [PDF, 167 KB].”
New Zealand immigration advisers, who are licensed by the IAA, have met competency standards and follow a professional code of conduct.
“Unfortunately, there are people who operate outside the law as unlicensed advisers. These people may not be honest with you, or with Immigration New Zealand who processes visa applications,” adds Ms Flood.
“Using an unlicensed immigration adviser may result in a visa application being returned or declined by Immigration New Zealand, which can be very stressful for families.
“Visit our register of licensed immigration advisers(external link) or list of exempt persons to make sure you get advice from the right person.”
The IAA is responsible for issuing licences to advisers and handles complaints about poor immigration advice and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. The IAA does not provide immigration advice.
For more information on the IAA, or to find an adviser, go to www.iaa.govt.nz