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Saturday, March 21, 2009


Is your Immigration Adviser/Consultant registered with Immigration Advisers Authority?

The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 came into effect in New Zealand on May 4, 2007. It requires Immigration Advisers to be licensed.

The Act requires that anyone providing immigration advice has to be licensed, unless exempt. All onshore immigration advisers need to be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority by May 4, 2009. All offshore immigration advisers need to be licensed by May 4 2010.

The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to be licensed.

  • People who provide immigration advice in an informal or family context only, so long as the advice is not provided systematically or for a fee

  • Current members of Parliament and their staff who provide immigration advice within the scope of their employment agreement

  • Foreign diplomats and consular staff accorded protection under certain Acts;

  • Public service employees who provide immigration advice within the scope of their employment agreement

  • Lawyers

  • People working (either employed or volunteers) for community law centres, where at least one lawyer is involved with the centre

  • People working (either employed or volunteers) for citizens advice bureaux

  • People who provide immigration advice offshore who advise on student visa and permit applications only

  • People exempted by Regulations


  • To check if your Immigration Adviser/Consultant is licensed to represent you, visit the Immigration Adviser's Authority's official website -http://www.iaa.govt.nz.

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