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Immigration Advisers Authority Registrar to speak in Timaru

Media release

17 August 2016

This Friday, Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) Registrar Catherine Albiston will be in Timaru to remind people of the importance of using a licensed adviser, or someone exempt, when seeking immigration advice.

“The IAA is here to protect people who receive immigration advice, by ensuring they receive quality advice. We do this by setting standards for licensed advisers, issuing licences and providing an online register of licensed advisers,” says Catherine.

“Unfortunately, there are people who provide immigration advice when they are not licensed or exempt, and take advantage of those who may be in a vulnerable situation.”

Catherine will be speaking as part of the Pacific Immigration and Settlement Information seminar, which is taking place at the Methodist Church Hall, on the Corner of North Street & Woodlands Road, from 6.30-8:00 pm.

“It’s great to have the chance to speak to the Pacific community in Timaru to explain the importance of using a licensed adviser,” Catherine says.

“Licensed immigration advisers have specialist expertise, have met competency standards, and follow a professional code of conduct.”

The Timaru event is one of a series of seminars that are being run for Pacific communities across New Zealand. The seminars focus on raising awareness of settlement channels of support, visa requirements and other important information about immigration.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend, no prior registration is needed.