New Zealand Immigration Advice

Getting immigration advice

If you want to apply for a New Zealand visa there are three main method to do this:

1. Complete the application form yourself

You can choose the visa you need using the Immigration website and complete the application form yourself with the information provided by Immigration New Zealand.

Each visa class has an application form and accompanying guide. We recommend you read the guide before attempting to complete the application form. Don’t worry if you get stuck along the way; you can contact Immigration New Zealand for help.

2. Engage a licensed immigration adviser

New Zealand visa application

There are three main ways to apply for a visa:
1. Complete the application form yourself
2. Engage a licensed immigration adviser
3. Engage someone who is exempt from the license requirements

You can engage a licensed immigration adviser to assist you with your visa application but they must have a current licence.
A person who give New Zealand immigration advice without being licensed or exempt commits an offence.

Before engaging an adviser, check the register of licensed immigration advisers to make sure the person you are engaging has a valid immigration adviser licence. Check the licence termination date and type of licence (some advisers may only be able to advise on limited areas).

The Government’s Immigration Advisers Authority provides information on who can give New Zealand immigration advice and explains how to complain if you are unhappy. They also give a useful financial tips like payday loans with instant decision also,about Licensed Immigration Advisers.

Should you have any difficulty finding a licensed immigration adviser or complaining about one, you can contact the Immigration Advisers Authority directly. The mastery is responsible for licensing immigration advisers, receiving complaints and taking action against those giving immigration advice without a licence.

 

3. Engage someone who is exempt from the license requirements

You can also seek immigration advice from people who are exempt from the requirement to hold a licence.

Outside New Zealand this exemption includes:

education representative who are only permitted to give immigration advice on student visas
lawyers with a current New Zealand practising certificate
foreign diplomats and consular staff
employees of the New Zealand Government who provide immigration advice as part of their job.

In New Zealand this exemption includes:

lawyers with a current New Zealand practising certificate
members of Parliament and their labour who provide immigration advice as part of their jobs
government employees who give immigration advice as part of their jobs
volunteers at Community Law Centres or Citizens Advice Bureau.

The Law Society website can help you find a lawyer or legal firm or check that your existing lawyer has a current New Zealand practising certificate.