Securing the right visa for your move to New Zealand is a big deal. The process can be complicated. Working with an immigration consultant ease the journey.
However, how can you tell you’ve picked the right one? The truth is that there are several things to consider before selecting a consultant to guide you through the hard stuff.
Here is a list of the things you need to check before selecting an immigration consultant to help you.
You need to have reasonable expectations about what your immigration adviser can do for you. That’s because even though the services offered by various consultants differ, there is a standard list of services licensed advisers can help you with. These include:
Immigration consultants can also help you land a job offer or choose a programme of study in New Zealand. So, ask about these before making your final decision.
Immigration consultants in New Zealand are required to hold a current license to perform the work. It is a legal offence for a person to provide New Zealand immigration advice without being licensed or exempt. To receive a licence, consultants must meet specific competency standards.
Before you engage an adviser, check the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) register of licensed immigration advisers to ensure the immigration consultant you chose has a valid licence. Verify the licence expiry date and the type of licence they hold, as some advisers have a limited scope of information they can give.
The IAA also provides general information on average costs associated with using an adviser. More important, it will give you guidelines how to file your grievance if you are unsatisfied with the service you received.
As a potential immigrant to New Zealand, there are professional codes of conduct that will protect you. These codes also require immigration consultants to:
The codes also ensure personal information remains confidential, and that your adviser notifies you immediately if they suspect your case is futile.
We strongly advise that you engage a professional immigration consultant to boost your chances of getting the right visa as quickly as possible. Improperly filed applications or missed deadlines can negatively impact your ability to make the move you want. Consultants are also an excellent resource for living in New Zealand and can fill you in on the culture and geography of this beautiful country.