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    I missed this earlier but thought it might be encouraging to anyone who is thinking of using a NZ agency to help with their application.

    Changes to licensing of onshore immigration advisers
    Friday, February 13, 2009
    Immigration New Zealand is about to introduce changes to our processes, operational policy, and systems (including the Expression of Interest and Working Holiday Schemes Online) to enable all immigration branches to identify unlicensed onshore advisers from 4 May 2009.

    The first change will be the release of new immigration forms in March 2009. From 4 May 2009, if an onshore adviser acting on behalf of an immigration client is neither on the Register nor exempt, their application will be returned and the Registrar of the Authority will be advised accordingly. Advisers who are awaiting a licensing decision from the Registrar are considered unlicensed.

    People giving immigration advice who have not yet submitted a license application to the Immigration Adviser Authority should do so as soon as possible to ensure they are on the Register of Licensed Advisers by 4 May 2009.


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    Migrants suffer big losses as law changes
    Page 1 of 2 ..... page 4:00AM Monday May 04, 2009
    By Lincoln Tan

    Hundreds of would-be immigrants are today in limbo as a law comes into effect that could stall their bid to live legally in New Zealand.

    The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act requires mandatory licensing of all immigration consultants, but so far just 171 of an estimated 1200 have bothered to get the proper documentation. Many are part-timers who have been put off by the $1995 cost of a licence.

    The Immigration Advisers Authority had hoped up to 400 would have become licensed in time for today's law change.

    Immigration New Zealand has said it will no longer process applications filed by non-licensed agents, meaning migrants part-way through the process could be left thousands of dollars out of pocket.

    Some applicants have paid unlicensed agents up to $15,000 to work on their submissions, but authority registrar Barry Smedts says it cannot help to get the money back because it was not illegal to provide non-licensed immigration advice before today.

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    Official warning forces migrants centre to shut
    4:00AM Thursday Oct 15, 2009
    By Lincoln Tan

    The Immigration Advisers Authority has issued 18 warning letters to people it says are breaching the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act since it became law on May 4.

    But a director of a defunct migrant workers support centre which received a warning says the authority is using the act to "attack migrant support services" rather than police dodgy immigration advisers.

    He has filed a request under the Official Information Act seeking answers as to why his centre was targeted.

    Mike Bell said he was forced to close the Skilled Migrant Resource Centre, a registered charity which operated as a drop-in support centre for skilled migrants, after being served a letter from the authority's solicitor in July.

    "I was told the reason I was sent the warning letter was because of my appearance on a TV3 news report where I apparently presented myself as an immigration adviser," he said.

    "Being served a notice like this, with up to seven years' jail as a penalty, I took it very seriously.

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    Nothing to do with giving direct advice on peoples immigration cases then.
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