02 April 2009
Emigrating to New Zealand to have greater protection for migrants using migration agents
Emigrating to New Zealand is about to become a safer process for potential migrants to the country. The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 is due to go live on 4 May 2009, meaning that those emigrating to New Zealand can be assured that all migration advisors in New Zealand are licensed to give advice.
While emigrating to New Zealand using migration agents is in most cases issue-free and ensures one's permanent New Zealand visa grant, the Government has taken extra measures to flush out bogus migration agents attempting to abuse the New Zealand immigration system.
From the 4 May 2009, all agents based in the country issuing advice to potential migrants to New Zealand will need to have a licence to do so. Immigration New Zealand has stated they would not accept any New Zealand visa application that has been received from unlicensed onshore advisors. This means all New Zealand visa application forms will be classed as failed if they are lodged by an agent not registered with the Government.
From the 4 May 2010, all offshore migration agents will be under the same conditions, meaning that any person considering emigrating to New Zealand should check that their migration agent is registered before using their services.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrating to New Zealand .