How to find the best Auckland immigration adviser to help you get into New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the world’s most desirable places to live but getting the visa you need to migrate comes with challenges. Rather than trying to do it yourself, it is smart to enlist the help of an immigration adviser.
As the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland is home to a number of immigration advisers who will be keen to help you with your quest to become a Kiwi. But, as with any profession, some are better than others. How will you find the best Auckland immigration adviser for your situation? Here are some clues:
1. Look for a respected company of immigration advisers
Your future is at stake here, so it makes sense to choose the best Auckland immigration adviser you can find. These experienced people are usually found within a respected immigration company that might be based in Auckland, Wellington or both. Look for Google reviews, because it is likely they will be more reliable than testimonials shown on company websites.
2. Find someone who speaks your language
By choosing to work with a large and respected immigration advice company, there’s a better chance of finding an adviser who speaks your language. While your English might be quite good, some of the finer details could easily be lost in translation. By talking things through in your native tongue, you will end up with a clearer picture of what is required for a successful visa application.
3. Get a free consultation first
Before you pay any money for immigration advice or any visa application service, get a free consultation for a broad understanding of how easy or difficult it’s going to be for you to secure any New Zealand visa.
4. Make sure you are dealing with a licensed adviser
Be careful of falling into the hands of an unlicensed or illegal immigration adviser. There are unscrupulous people in the market who might try to take your money for unreliable advice. By law, any person who gives you immigration advice about New Zealand must be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless they are exempt. Licensed advisers have specialist expertise and training, follow a professional code of conduct and have been proven to meet competency standards. Your adviser should have an online profile within a company website, and you need to look for the words ‘licensed immigration adviser’.
5. Do not be tempted to write your own NZ immigration application
The main reason for working with a licensed immigration adviser is to have your application for immigration written by someone who knows what is required. A well-written and well-presented application is important for success. It will cost money, but the alternative – writing your application yourself – could decrease your chances of getting into New Zealand. And if your application is turned down, a capable licensed immigration adviser knows what steps to take next.
6. Always be absolutely honest
Lying on a visa application is a criminal offence, so being honest is always the best policy. If you are caught in a lie, it could affect future visa applications and the chance of securing a place in New Zealand.
7. Ask about costs upfront
The fees charged by licensed immigration advisers can vary between providers. It’s important to ask for a cost estimate from several advisers and take this into consideration before choosing your adviser. The experience level and reputation of the adviser, complexity of your situation and the urgency of the application are factors that can impact the cost of service.
8. Get started as soon as you can
If you want to live and work in New Zealand, get onto the task as soon as you can. Because New Zealand is one of the most desirable living places in the world, there may be delays due to long queues. The best immigration advisers in Auckland understand the processes and the time-frames, so you can ask relevant questions about timing during your initial free session.
A quick introduction to visa types
There are many types of visas for living and working in New Zealand. Here are just a few:
Skilled migrant resident visa – suitable for people who have skills, experience and qualifications
Partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident visa – suitable if you have a permanent long term relationship (partner or spouse) with a New Zealand citizen or resident
Long-term skill shortage visa – suitable if you meet the criteria on NZ’s skill shortage list
Parent retirement resident visa – suitable if you have an adult child who is an NZ citizen or resident
Talent visa – suitable if you have specific skills or expertise and have been offered full-time work by an NZ employer
Investor resident visa – suitable if you are an experienced business person with at least $3 million in available funds or assets
Entrepreneur resident visa – suitable if you have been running your own business in New Zealand
Note: This article is about Immigration Policy but is not a description of policy. Seek expert advice to assess and receive specific advice on personal situations before lodging a visa application.