20 May Immigration Advisers Licensing Act
From 4 May 2009 anyone who provides immigration advice in New Zealand must have a licence from the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless they are exempt from the requirement to hold a licence. From 4 May 2009, Immigration New Zealand will refuse to accept applications from unlicensed onshore advisers.
If an onshore adviser acting on behalf of an immigration client is not on the Register of licensed advisers (or not exempt), their application will be returned failed lodgement, and we will advise the Registrar of the Immigration Advisers Authority. Advisers who are awaiting a licensing decision from the Registrar are considered unlicensed.
From 4 May 2010, offshore advisers giving advice to people seeking visas or permits will also have to be licensed.
For more information regarding your immigration matters, please contact Ian Mellett at Quay Law.