Operating without a licence
Providing immigration advice is a licensed, recognised profession. Anyone who gives advice about New Zealand immigration matters must be licensed, or exempt from holding a licence.
If you’re not licensed or exempt and you provide advice on immigration, you could face a fine of up to NZ$100,000 and/or up to seven years’ imprisonment — even if you don’t charge a fee for your advice.
If you're in a position where people are asking you for immigration advice, you have three options. You can:
- become a licensed immigration adviser
- engage an adviser who is licensed, or exempt from holding a licence
- tell your client that they can make their own application. Immigration New Zealand can help them with this.
Become a licensed immigration adviser
If you’re concerned that you’ve been providing immigration advice without a licence, you should:
- seek independent legal advice, or
- consider getting a licence yourself.
Find a licensed immigration adviser
If you need to engage someone else to give a client advice, the following people can help:
- a licensed immigration adviser, or
- someone who's exempt from holding a licence. This could be a lawyer with a current New Zealand practising certificate, for example.