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Purpose of supervision

The Immigration Advisers Authority’s practical experience requirements are geared towards producing highly competent immigration advisers who are able to add value for their clients and employers.

Supervisors play an important role in supporting and developing provisional licence holders as they gain the practical experience necessary to become holders of a full immigration adviser licence.

As a supervisor, your role is to add value to the provisional licence holder by sharing your experience, knowledge and wisdom.

A provisional licence allows a person to provide immigration advice on all immigration matters while working under the direct supervision of a licensed immigration adviser (an adviser) with a full licence.

A robust supervision arrangement should:

  • give a provisional licence holder’s clients access to the same standard of full, accurate, competent and ethical advice that would be received by a full licence holder’s clients
  • facilitate the education and professional development of provisional licence holders so that they may develop the skills and competencies required for a full licence
  • facilitate the education and professional development of supervisors by providing them with the opportunity to develop leadership and training skills in their areas of expertise.

Provisional licence applicants

Must complete at least half of Te Pūkenga |Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice. New advisers are required to hold a provisional licence for 2 years before they may upgrade to a full licence.

Te Pūkenga |Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology was formerly the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Approved qualifications and courses issued by these organisations are also recognised.