Construction sector warned not to risk unlawful immigration advice

Posted: 29 March 2018

Does your business know the rules around immigration advice for overseas workers?

Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) Registrar Catherine Albiston says it costs businesses time and money to hire tradespeople from overseas, a challenge made even harder if the wrong immigration advice is given and visa applications get declined. 

Only a licensed or exempt immigration adviser can give immigration advice to migrants wanting to work in New Zealand. 

New Zealand immigration advice includes advising a person on visa options or how best to fill out an application form. People who are exempt from requiring an immigration adviser’s licence to provide immigration advice include current New Zealand lawyers and Immigration New Zealand staff. 

Employers, recruiters and HR advisers can’t provide New Zealand immigration advice without a licence. They can only provide very basic assistance, such as sharing Immigration New Zealand’s forms and website, and putting workers in touch with a licensed immigration adviser or exempt person. 

If a worker is unsure where to go for New Zealand immigration advice, visa information is available on Immigration New Zealand’s website. In addition, workers can also search the IAA’s free register of licensed advisers.

Find a licensed immigration adviser

Immigration New Zealand has also produced a simple guide about licensed immigration advisers in Samoan, Tongan, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Hindu and English, which can be downloaded from the IAA’s website. 

Your guide to licensed immigration advisers

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: