Published on September 8th, 2009 | by john.weir1
New Zealand makes license compulsory for immigration advisers
From May 2010, ALL migration agents filing applications on behalf of clients for visas to live and work in New Zealand will have to be registered by the Immigration Advisors Authority.
A stiff penalty, including up to sevenÂ years’ imprisonment, will be imposed on violators.
New Zealand will not accept applications filed by people using an unlicensed immigration adviser after the law comes into effect.
Barry Smedts from the New Zealand Immigration Advisers Authority, said: “Once the law is implemented from May 4, 2010, we encourage migrants and their family and friends to seek advice from either licensed immigration advisers or from someone entitled to give advice because they are exempt.
“We recommend people contact the (immigration) authority if they are not satisfied with the service they receive from a licensed immigration adviser, or if they believe someone is providing immigration advice illegally.”
Once the law comes into effect, all offshore licensed advisers must display the Licensed Immigration Advisers Code of Conduct at their place of business.
For more information on how the new laws will affect your visa application, please come to Down Under Live at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on the 19th and 20th September.