Immigration New Zealand has issued a warning about unlicensed immigration brokers being lively in China.
Jeannie Melville, INZ assistant common supervisor, mentioned the discover in English and Chinese language script was posted on the company’s web site as a result of “it is about to enter the peak-processing interval” for visa purposes from Chinese language residents.
The Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) says it has been investigating complaints regarding advisers concentrating on the Chinese language.
“INZ is conscious that unlicensed advisers are working in China, in addition to in different markets, and it needs to verify visa candidates from China, who wish to journey to New Zealand, are helped and guarded,” Melville mentioned.
“There may be severe penalties for candidates who’re misled or cheated by unlicensed or undeclared immigration advisers. INZ needs to assist candidates keep away from such circumstances.”
The company mentioned it was conscious of circumstances the place Chinese language candidates had been cheated by unlicensed and undeclared brokers.
“Functions involving ‘hidden’ brokers embrace a false declaration and sometimes comprise fraudulent paperwork,” it mentioned.
“We are going to decline these purposes.”
IAA registrar Andrew Galloway mentioned the authority didn’t particularly report the ethnicity of immigration advisers when a grievance is acquired, however confirmed it had investigated complaints previously 12 months regarding advisers concentrating on the Chinese language neighborhood.
“The IAA can’t touch upon issues at present below investigation or earlier than court docket,” Galloway mentioned.
Candidates are warned that it’s their accountability to declare if somebody who isn’t a licensed immigration adviser has assisted them with their utility.
“Anybody who isn’t a licensed immigration adviser or exempt from licensing can’t present immigration recommendation,” the discover mentioned.
It requested candidates to “be sincere in your visa purposes”.
“Your utility is not going to be permitted if we discover it incorporates false or deceptive info and that can have an effect on any future utility you could make for a New Zealand visa.”
That is the New Zealand-China Yr of Tourism, which is aimed toward selling journey between the 2 nations.
However Statistics New Zealand figures present the variety of arrivals from China has dropped by greater than three per cent.
In June, the variety of Chinese language guests fell three.1 per cent to 18,334.