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Trans-Tasman licensing

All agents registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) in Australia must also hold a New Zealand immigration advisers licence if they wish to provide New Zealand immigration advice.

If you are an Australian registered migration agent you can apply for a New Zealand licence for the first time using the process set out in the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA).

The TTMRA recognises Australia’s regulatory standards regarding equivalent-registered occupations and streamlines the licensing process for Australian registered migration agents.

TTMRA licence applicants will not be tested on their understanding of New Zealand immigration matters before being granted a licence. However, advisers and agents licensed under the TTMRA must comply with the New Zealand Licensed Immigration Advisers Code of Conduct. They must also comply with the Immigration Advisers Competency Standards to renew their licence.

TTMRA applicants who have not previously held a New Zealand immigration adviser’s licence must apply for a provisional licence. This means you must be supervised by the holder of a full New Zealand immigration adviser’s licence and you will be required to upload a copy of a signed supervision agreement as part of your application form. Read our Supervision Toolkit for all you need to know about supervision.

Lawyers who hold a current New Zealand practising certificate and their employees are prohibited from being licensed as a New Zealand immigration adviser. Lawyers who hold an Australian practising certificate are not prohibited from being licensed as a New Zealand immigration adviser.

To obtain a licence, you need to lodge an online application with the Immigration Advisers Authority. If you are not able to lodge an online application form, please contact the Authority for assistance.

To complete an online application form you will need:

The following persons may certify documentation and witness statutory declarations in New Zealand:

The following persons may certify documentation and witness statutory declarations outside New Zealand:

On receipt of your application, the Authority will send a request to the OMARA for information regarding your registration with the OMARA and to ascertain if there are any conditions imposed on your registration.

The Registrar will then decide whether your application for a licence should be granted or refused within one month of the date of receipt of a complete application. During that period you are deemed registered.

If your application for a licence is approved, the Registrar will grant you a New Zealand immigration advisers licence and will add your name to the public register of licensed immigration advisers.

You will then receive a licence certificate, wallet card and information about being a New Zealand licensed immigration adviser.

If your application is postponed or conditions are imposed on your licence, you will be informed in writing and be given reasons for the decision made. You have a right of appeal to the Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal that has been established by the Ministry of Justice to hear appeals under the TTMRA. Contact details and further information is available on the Ministry of Justice website.

The Registrar may postpone or refuse a New Zealand immigration adviser licence if any of the information provided is materially false or misleading, if circumstances have changed, if any of the required information has not been provided or if the prescribed fees have not been paid.

If your application for a licence is refused by the Registrar, you will be informed in writing of the outcome of your application. The refusal and your name and details will be listed on the public register of licensed immigration advisers.

If information provided to support an application for a New Zealand immigration adviser licence is subsequently found to be false, forged or altered, the application will be cancelled and the appropriate authorities informed.

TTMRA application costs
Costs Ordinarily resident in NZ (including GST) Not ordinarily resident in NZ
Application fee NZ$909.78 NZ$791.11
Levy NZ$1,129.55 NZ$982.22
Total NZ$2,039.33 NZ$1,773.33

If you are a New Zealand Licensed Immigration Adviser wishing to provide Australian immigration advice you must apply to be registered with the OMARA under the TTMRA.