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Man jailed after Pacific Island overstayers speak out

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 3:50 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

Hakaoro Hakaoro was jailed for 20 months for providing immigration advice without a licence at Manukau District Court today (22 January 2014). More >>

Licensed immigration advisers: new professional standards

Friday, 10 January 2014, 5:22 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

Licensed immigration advisers will be working to a revised set of professional standards that comes into effect today (Monday 13 January 2014). More >>

Migrants warned to avoid unlicensed immigration advisers

Tuesday, 24 December 2013, 10:48 am | Immigration Advisers Authority

Unlicensed immigration advisers have similar methods when dealing with migrants, warned the Immigration Advisers Authority. The Registrar of Immigration Advisers, Barry Smedts, said the Authority had investigated several such advisers in 2013. More >>

High migrant satisfaction with licensed immigration advisers

Friday, 30 August 2013, 11:16 am | Immigration Advisers Authority

Four out of five migrants said they would recommend their licensed immigration adviser to family and friends, according to an independent survey. Results showed that 82% of migrants were very satisfied or satisfied with their licensed immigration adviser. More >>

Immigration adviser loses licence after exploitation case

Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 12:54 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

A licensed immigration adviser who exploited a vulnerable woman has had his licence cancelled today (4 June 2013). More >>

Woman sentenced for immigration scam in Tongan community

Friday, 24 May 2013, 5:16 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

A woman, who took advantage of vulnerable people in an immigration scam, has been sentenced to community detention, community work and ordered to repay her victims. More >>

Tongan woman admits guilt in widespread immigration scam

Thursday, 21 February 2013, 3:18 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

A woman has appeared in court to admit her part in a widespread immigration scam in the Tongan community. Tongan national Khadijah Lolohea (also known as Khadijah PIU), of Mt Roskill, Auckland, pleaded guilty to providing immigration advice without ... More >>

Immigration adviser stripped of licence - withheld passport

Monday, 24 December 2012, 1:42 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

An Auckland immigration adviser is to be stripped of his licence after withholding a migrant's passport in lieu of fees. Clients of Richard Uday Prakash, of Vital Consulting 2007 Limited, should be aware that his immigration adviser licence will be cancelled ... More >>

Tuvaluan ‘Prince’ Ordered To Repay Victims

Friday, 9 November 2012, 9:00 am | Immigration Advisers Authority

An unlicensed immigration adviser has been ordered to provide refunds after collecting more than $5,000 running an unlawful immigration business. More >>

Immigration Advisers Ordered to Refund Clients

Monday, 29 October 2012, 4:37 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

A tribunal has ordered two immigration advisers to refund their clients and pay $7,000 for unprofessional conduct. More >>

Former Immigration Adviser to Pay $280,000

Friday, 12 October 2012, 9:11 am | Immigration Advisers Authority

A former immigration adviser has been ordered to pay more than a quarter of a million dollars by a tribunal for “calculated” and “systematic dishonesty”. More >>

Tribunal Reprimands Immigration Adviser for Negligence

Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 5:21 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

An immigration adviser was reprimanded for negligence after failing to lodge his client’s appeal against a declined residence visa in time. More >>

Immigration Adviser Struck Off for Serious Dishonesty

Tuesday, 12 June 2012, 4:20 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

A Tongan immigration adviser has been struck off for “serious dishonesty” after a tribunal found she pocketed clients’ funds without lodging their visa applications. More >>

Immigration Adviser Ordered to Pay $21,000

Thursday, 12 April 2012, 5:27 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

An immigration adviser has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 after trying to exploit one client and giving inappropriate advice to another. More >>

Justice for Migrant Duped By Immigration Consultancy

Thursday, 27 October 2011, 5:28 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

A migrant conned out of his life savings by an immigration consultancy was refunded after his niece complained to the Immigration Advisers Authority. Na Jia explained her uncle approached Sea Consultants and Investments Limited for help applying for ... More >>

Justice for overstayers

Friday, 21 October 2011, 9:49 am | Immigration Advisers Authority

Overstayers caught in visa scams can seek justice through the Immigration Advisers Authority. Reports are received in complete confidence. “Overstayers don’t need to be afraid,” says Registrar Barry Smedts. More >>

Immigration Adviser Ordered To Pay $35,000

Thursday, 22 September 2011, 10:20 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

An Auckland immigration adviser who left a family essentially homeless and failed three other clients has been ordered to pay $35,000. Artika Archina Devi was struck off the licensed immigration advisers register after four former clients complained ... More >>

Bad Advice Wrecks Lives

Thursday, 8 September 2011, 12:17 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

Pacific Islanders are being urged to use licensed immigration advisers as part of a campaign cracking down on visa scams. More >>

Tongan Visa Scam Condemned As ‘Despicable’

Thursday, 25 August 2011, 2:21 pm | Immigration Advisers Authority

The Immigration Advisers Authority has condemned the sale of bogus visas by supposed religious ministers as ‘despicable’. Fraudsters reportedly won the trust of Tongans in South Auckland by posing as doorstep missionaries before inviting them to buy ... More >>

Immigration Authority Looks Into Passport Scam

Tuesday, 23 June 2009, 10:18 am | Immigration Advisers Authority

Gerard Otimi’s passport and visa activities looks set to run foul of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act and he may risk prosecution for giving unlicensed immigration advice. Mr Otimi is currently under investigation for selling fake passports and ... More >>

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