New Zealand Immigration Adviser
||James is registered with the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) - Reg Number: 201501151.
Registration can be confirmed by visiting the Office of the Immigration Advisers Authority's website.
Why use a licensed immigration adviser
Immigrating is one of the biggest life changing decisions you will ever make and in many cases it will affect not only your life but in some cases that of your partner and even children. It is a legal process which is complicated and taking a DIY approach to it spells countless hours of paperwork, frustrations, long ques, being sent from pillar to post and your visa application might after all that still be rejected.
An experienced and licenced immigration adviser will ensure that your visa application has the best chance of success while providing a service which will rule out the frustrations associated with immigration and offering you a measure of protection during the process.
According to the Immigration Advisers Authority of the New Zealand Department of Immigration a licensed immigration adviser must be honest, professional, diligent and respectful and conduct themselves with due care and in a timely manner.
They should also adhere to the minimum requirements below:
• maintain a relationship of confidence and trust with the client and provide objective advice
• acknowledge the cultural norms and values of the client
• facilitate the provision of interpreters and translators as appropriate
• where appropriate, advise the client when they may be eligible for legal aid under the Legal Services Act 2011 in relation to a refugee status or protection claim or appeal or immigration detention
• obtain and carry out the informed lawful instructions of the client, and
• when requested, assist the client to access legislative requirements
• if operating offshore, act in accordance with the law of the jurisdiction they are operating in, and
• whether in New Zealand or offshore, act in accordance with New Zealand immigration legislation, including the Immigration Act 2009, the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 and any applicable regulations.
Preserve the confidentiality of the client except in the following circumstances:
• with the client’s written consent, or
• if making a complaint to the Immigration Advisers Authority relating to another adviser or reporting an alleged offence under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007, or
• for the administration of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007, or
• as required by law, and
• require that any employees or other persons engaged by the adviser also preserve the confidentiality of the client.
Conflicts of interest
• Where a licensed immigration adviser is aware that there is a potential or actual conflict of interest relating to the client, including the existence of any financial or non-financial benefit the adviser will receive as a result of the relationship with the client, the adviser must disclose the potential or actual conflict to the client in writing.
• Where a licensed immigration adviser is aware that there is a potential or actual conflict of interest relating to the client, the adviser may only represent or continue to represent the client where the client gives written consent.
A licensed immigration adviser must not in any circumstances represent or continue to represent the client where they are aware that there is an actual conflict of interest that means:
1. the adviser’s objectivity or the relationship of confidence and trust between the adviser and the client would be compromised, or
2. the adviser would breach the confidentiality of a client.
Before engaging an adviser, it is recommend that you check the register of licensed immigration advisers to make sure the person you are engaging has a valid immigration adviser licence, such as is the case for New World Immigration.
Immigration advisers are expected to adhere to a code of conduct that requires them to:
• be honest, professional and respectful
• provide you with ongoing timely updates
• charge fees that are fair and reasonable.
Licensed advisers can help you:
• explore all your visa options and choose the right visa
• prepare your visa application
• settle in New Zealand
• assess whether you can appeal a declined visa
• assess your options if you are in New Zealand unlawfully
A person who provides New Zealand immigration advice without being licensed or exempt commits an offence.