Why use a licensed immigration adviser?
In a nutshell, for peace of mind.
Immigration rules and processes are detailed and complex. Often applications fail because an applicant or a related person such as an employer makes a simple mistake that could have been avoided. A declined application can result in unfulfilled dreams, further cost or, worse, liability for deportation.
A licensed immigration adviser:
- Has been formally recognised by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) as being competent to provide immigration advice. This means that they have the experience and/or a formal qualification in how to deal with Immigration New Zealand rules and processes;
- Must keep your immigration affairs confidential;
- Must act in your best interests; and
- Represents you, not Immigration New Zealand.
Licensed Immigration Advisers are bound by a Professional Code of Conduct (the Code) which can be found on the IAA website at: www.iaa.govt.nz/code/index.asp
You have a right to complain to a Licensed Immigration Adviser if you believe he or she has breached the Code. If you are not satisfied with their handling of your complaint, you have a further right of complaint to the IAA.
These safeguards are there to protect you and ensure that you get a consistent and high standard of professional advice.