Immigration Advice for International Students
Students seeking to move to New Zealand for further studies would normally ask around for certain details or clarifications they would want to make before moving. This is normally accompanied with slight confusion and sometimes difficult because it’s like a whole new game whose rules you never knew but you must learn. Advisors are many out there, some with mean intentions of misleading or getting students into traps for their own benefit. For this reason, it is advised to seek professional advice to both advise you and walk you through the whole process of immigration.
Where can I get this professional Advice?
The New Zealand law stipulates that any person who advises you regarding immigration must have a license from the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA). This is not only within the country but also those operating from other countries from which the student comes.
The only other persons/institutions allowed to give professional immigration advice include Immigration New Zealand, Lawyers, Citizens Advice Bureau and Community Law Centre. No other persons apart from these should give immigration advice.
The level of guidance offered and the costs vary between these persons and institutions, so it would be good to compare. Licensed advisers must possess and portray a standard code of conduct, as specified in the law. The four most important values are:
• They must carry themselves professionally and be respectful to the interested immigrants
• They must enter into a contract with you, specifying all the services they will provide you and at what cost.
• They must consistently communicate with you and regularly update you on any changes or developments.
• They must not go over charge you for the services they offer.
How much do Advisors charge?
As earlier said, the cost of these immigration advisers varies, but the most important thing is that they should be fair enough. The range of services also varies from one to the other. The more experienced the advisor is, the more he will charge you. The cost will also be determined by how complex the application is. If it is an application that needs to process urgently, you’ll have to part with more cash. If you make your application within New Zealand, the costs will be different from the person who applies from China or some distant Country like Brazil. With all these factors, just ensure that the rate falls within the prevailing market rate. These can be looked up on the web, especially the authoritative sites
The type of license that an immigration advisor holds will determine the extent of services they can offer you. Immigration New Zealand offers three types of licenses
• A full license enables the adviser to give you guidance on virtually all immigration matters.
• A provisional license equally allows the expert to advise you on all immigration matters but only under the supervision of a full license holder.
• A limited license holder provides advice only on some specific immigration issues.
What if I used unlicensed advisors? This comes with its own risks that you should avoid at all costs. The lure of cheap advisory services should not convince you to use such. Three major risks associated with such advisors include: – Immigration New Zealand will return your Visa application because it does not accept applications from those acting against the law.
• Unlicensed people may allow you to cheat on your Visa. This is a criminal offense, and it will influence your studies or future jobs
• Due to the lack of immigration skills, your application will very likely be declined.
Indicators of Unlicensed Advisors
The immigration New Zealand maintains a list of licensed advisors on its websites. However, if you choose to use other legal advisors such as lawyers, you will still need to use your judgment to weigh their professionalism. First and foremost, someone who would refuse to put their name on you Visa application must be hiding his identity for some illegality reasons. These also normally claim to have connections at Immigration New Zealand, which might fast track your application. They also focus on the signature part of the form, without clearly explaining to you how to fill the form. They may even fill blanks to their own convenience. Also, check out rude personalities and hideous characters.
What services do licensed advisors offer?
Basically, a licensed adviser will step by step help you explore the available visa options so that you can choose the best. Going with your choice, they prepare the visa application and follows it up till your request is accepted. They then help you settle in the new country and make sure you are comfortable.
In case your visa is declined, the advisor will go ahead to appeal to you. And if you happened to have moved to New Zealand illegally, they will help you find the right way out.
Getting into the institutions
The learning institution must first confirm that you have legally migrated into the country. Also, it is a general requirement to pay the full tuition fees for your first year after getting Approval in Principle (AIP) form outside of New Zealand.
It would be good to note that most international students are not beneficiaries of government funded health care. You will be required to settle any medical bills you incur while in the country.
One mandatory thing is the medical and travel insurance cover. The institution must have all these details so that they are able to act accordingly in the event of a predicament.
Medical screening for Tuberculosis is also mandatory for New Zealand immigrants. This is especially for those planning to stay for more than six months.