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New Immigration Law Could Stall Applications - Report

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Wellington, May 4 NZPA - A new law which comes into force today could stall applications by hundreds of people who want to live in New Zealand, it has been reported.

The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act requires mandatory licensing of all immigration consultants but so far only 171 of an estimated 1200 have been through the process, the New Zealand Herald reported.

It said that from today the Immigration Department would no longer process applications filed by non-licensed agents, meaning migrants part-way through the process could be affected.

Some applicants had paid unlicensed agents up to $15,000 to work on their submissions but authority registrar Barry Smedts said it could not help them get the money back because, until today, it had not been illegal to provided non-licensed immigration advice.

Licensed immigration consultant Tika Ram said clients of the 1000-odd advisers still unlicensed had been left confused about where they stood under the new law.

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