June 2009

This month has been an interesting month to say the least. It all started with negative press articles in the various news papers all over the country slamming the immigration services. The most damaging report came from the Auditor General comfirming the poor performance nd poor systems in place, and if that was not enough, this was confirmed in the same month with Immigration New Zealand intending to send pregnant women home.

This month was also marked with the IAA taking action against the intitators of the pasport scamm. Lets see how that develops!

From an economical point of view, we saw the house prices steadying as a result of migration (?) and, according to INZ statistical figures, a dramatic decrease in the brain drain.

In conclusion, it all comes down how to interpret figures and facts, isn't it?


May 2009

At the start of this month, 4 May 2009 to be exact, the Immigration Advisers Licencing Act came into effect. It is good to look back and see why this Act has been introduced and implemented.

The main reason of course is to protect immigrants and stamp out unscrupulous behavior towards migrants. I am sure the introduction of this Act will certainly assist, however it may also force some operators "underground" . I suggest that policing this would be a real challenge for the IAA.

The question could also be raised reference the logic to make the IAA part of the Department of Labour. In my view it may cause a "conflict of interest" or, in the worst scenario, impartiality of the IAA could be questioned, and that should be prevented at all costs. There is a simple solution to that and that would be that the IAA should be operating outside of the Department of Labour, totally independent.   

There are some more important issues to solve immediately, in the short term. One of them is how the people working in the immigration industry would be able to meet the standards of professional development.  These have not yet been set or promulgated while some advisers are already preparing for their relicencing.

Well, let me conclude in saying that I fully support the IAA and the new licencing regime. It will help to make the immigration industry more professional and will raise the level of the whole industry. It's now up to the IAA and other stakeholders to make it work. Wish now that INZ could join in and respond with also quality work and decisions.

March 2009

We are looking forward to the Minister cutting the English language requirements (refer to newsarticle 17/03/09). This, I believe, would be very beneficial for New Zealand as "cash rich" people may now be more willing to come to New Zealand  through investment in businesses and governement held funds.

Yes, we do need skilled people but how many skilled people does a company require in comparison to the people doing the actual front line work? We need to grow New Zealand and an economy will only be self sustainable, i.e. not required to rob Peter to pay Paul, of at least 8 million people. For this to happen we require people who are willing and able to  invest funds into businesses and create employment.

You may ask what happens with the infra structure when we do have so many people coming into New Zealand. The answer is in my opinion quite clear; its a self regulating system as the new immigrants pay taxes and those taxes may be used to improve the infra structure and other services such as education and health.

Two months to go before the Immigration Licencing Act 2007 comes into force at the 4 May 2009. When you are interested in further developments, please see the website of the IAA which holds a register of the licenced advisers. next month some information about the implications of not being licenced.

April 2009

The last month before the Immigration Advisers Licencing Act 2007 comes into force. This Act requires that anyone who provides immigration advice in New Zealand must have a licence from the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless they are exempt from the requirement to hold a licence. From 4 May 2009, Immigration New Zealand will refuse to accept applications from unlicensed onshore advisers. From 4 May 2010, offshore advisers giving advice to people seeking visas or permits will also have to be licensed.

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Home affordability is improving. The fall in interest rates has made a big difference in terms of household cashflow for many borrowers. If you took out a $200,000 home loan on a floating rate now, you’d be paying $572.83 less in repayments each month than if you’d borrowed the same amount on a floating rate one year ago. Those on a floating rate at the moment may like to take advantage of this by keeping repayments at previous levels rather than reducing them along with the falls in interest rates (if they are able to). This will help them reduce the principal faster and pay off their home loan sooner.

More to follow .....


February 2009

The recession starts to bite as is already evidenced in the value of the kiwi dollar (see article dated 03/02/09) and the house prices (see article on 14/01/09).

In addition the national bank published a report this month. The highlights (or should I say the low lights) are;

A net 41 percent of businesses expect worse times over the year ahead. This is down 6 percentage points from the final read of 2008. Sentiment within the retail sector remains uniformly pessimistic with a whopping 52 percent expecting worse times ahead for their own business over the coming year. A net 29 percent expect fewer staff over the coming year, a 7 percentage point jump (deterioration) from the end of 2008. With the exception of construction, employment intentions are uniformly worse across all sectors and either at or close to historical lows. Likewise, investment intentions hit a new low, with a net 15 percent expecting to reduce investment over the coming year. These are key supply - side inputs that tell us the downturn has moved beyond firms seeing lower sales, with businesses now having to respond themselves via less productive capacity. That means less investment and fewer jobs. Views towards the unemployment rate have reached a historical high, with 87 percent expecting it to increase. Pricing intentions remain low, supporting continued expectations of interest rate cuts. One-year ahead inflation expectations have eased from 3.2 percent to 2.7 percent, a level not seen since mid-2004.

As already mentioned in previous Bloggs, we as immigration Advisers are required to be licenced as from 4 May 2009. This appears to be happening much slower than expected and the news item dated 18/02/09 - Migrant advisers slow in licensing gives you a good impression of that. Does this mean that the authorities have made it too difficult for all the current consultants to meet the standards? The future will determine that however I believe that a certain level of professionalism is required as immigration advisers have a definite responsibility and impact on the lives and futures of their clients. Here is hoping that the Immigration Service now also improves it workflows, systems and procedures  and  thus improving efficiencies and less anxiety with the clients.


05/12/19 - Update BMB

Details on BUSINESS applications as from today:

  • Allocation to a CO within a week
  • Decion time frame between 2 to 3 months
  • EWV applications 20% approval rate
  • Entrepreneur residence 50% approval rate

21/11/19 - Policy update, the NEW way

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IPT Decisions

The quality of decisions from INZ appear to decrease! Please refer to the Annual Report from the IPT for 2017 where on average 33% of Appeals with the IPT is allowed! A news paper article in 1 NEWS NOW dated 21/02/2019 confirms that four out of every ten appeals against INZ are upheld! That is an increase from 33% to now 40% of appeals being allowed or upheld against INZ!

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