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Trans-Tasman mutual recognition

This policy sets out how the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA) allows Australian registered migration agents (RMAs) to become New Zealand licensed immigration advisers (advisers).

What is the TTMRA?

The TTMRA provides for the mutual recognition of equivalent registered occupations between Australia and New Zealand.

Under the TTMRA, an RMA who is registered with the Australian Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) can apply to become a licensed immigration adviser in New Zealand. This allows RMAs to apply for a New Zealand licence on the basis of their Australian registration, without completing New Zealand’s entry qualification.

TTMRA applications

From 26 November 2015, all RMAs applying for a New Zealand immigration licence for the first time must apply for a provisional licence and hold a provisional licence for two years before they can apply for a full licence. A provisional licence holder must work under the direct supervision of a person who holds a full New Zealand immigration adviser licence.

To apply for a New Zealand licence under the TTMRA, you need to lodge an online application at www.iaa.govt.nz. If you are not able to lodge an online application form, please contact the Authority for assistance.

Initial TTMRA application process

An applicant must complete all sections of the initial TTMRA application and provide:

Please note that same person must certify the Section 19 Notice, identification and OMARA licence certificate.

Australian RMA registration number  

Applicants are required to provide their Australian RMA registration number.

OMARA registration certificate  

Applicants are required to upload a certified copy of their OMARA registration certificate and indicate (if applicable) whether they have any special conditions issued on their OMARA licence.

Applicants should renew their registration with OMARA prior to applying under the TTMRA because the Immigration Advisers Authority (the Authority) needs to see that the applicant’s certificate is current.

Supervisor details

Applicants are required to provide details about their proposed supervisor.  

See the Supervision Toolkit for more information.

Supervision agreement

Applicants are required to provide a signed supervision agreement to the Authority.

See the Supervision Toolkit for more information.

Form 101A: Supervision Arrangement Application

Applicants must complete and upload a Supervision Arrangement Application form to have their proposed supervisor and supervision arrangements approved by the Registrar.

See the Supervision Toolkit for more information.

Identification

The applicant is required to attach one certified copy of their:

A person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration must certify this document.

An applicant must upload one passport-sized and passport quality photograph, taken within the last six months.

This photograph will be used on the adviser’s wallet card and licence certificate. It will also be shown on the register.

Declaration

Applicants must print the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 10097 Section 19 Notice and then complete, sign and date it in the presence of a person authorised to take statutory declarations in the country in which you reside, for upload to their application form.

The applicant must declare that:

An applicant must be able to declare that the statements in the declaration are true and correct. If an applicant cannot declare all statements of the Section 19 Notice are true and correct, they may not apply for a New Zealand immigration adviser licence until such time as the statements become correct.

As part of the application process, the Authority will contact OMARA to determine whether the applicant has any complaints, investigations or disciplinary proceedings pending against them or whether they are subject to any special conditions. If the applicant is found to have made a false statement in the Section 19 notice the Authority may refuse to grant registration under Section 22 of the TTMRA.

WARNING: The giving of false information in the application form is an offence under section 66 of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 with penalties of imprisonment of up to two years and/or a fine of up to $10,000 and will result in the application for a licence being refused.

Place of residence

Applicants are required to indicate if they have been lawfully present in New Zealand for more than 183 days in the past 12 months. A person is ordinarily resident in New Zealand if they have spent more than 183 days in New Zealand in the immediately preceding 12 months and is not unlawfully in New Zealand.

Fee and levy

The applicant must pay the licence application fee when applying for the licence. The immigration adviser’s levy is payable only if the Registrar approves the application.

The Authority only accepts payments in New Zealand dollars. Payments can be made online using Visa or Mastercard.

For applicants who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand the initial application fee is NZ$909.78 and the immigration adviser’s levy is NZ$1129.55.

A person is ordinarily resident in New Zealand if they have spent more than 183 days in New Zealand in the immediately preceding 12-month period and is not unlawfully in New Zealand.

For applicants who are not ordinarily resident in New Zealand the initial application fee is NZ$791.11 and the immigration adviser’s levy is NZ$982.22.

Applicants completing an online application will immediately be able to download an invoice and receipt.

Certifying supporting documentation

Where required to make a statutory declaration, it must be made in front of a person authorised to witness a statutory declaration. A person who is authorised to witness a statutory declaration must also certify documents that are required to be certified.

Please note that same person must certify the Section 19 Notice, identification and OMARA licence certificate.

The following persons may witness a statutory declaration made in New Zealand:

The following persons are authorised to witness a statutory declaration made outside New Zealand:

Assessment of application

The Authority will not test an applicant on their understanding of New Zealand immigration matters before granting them a licence. However, the Authority does expect the applicant to be familiar with the:

The Registrar of Immigration Advisers (the Registrar) will determine the application within one month of receiving a complete application.

The Registrar may postpone or refuse registration if:

Grant of licence

If the application is approved, the Authority will inform the applicant and will request the immigration adviser’s levy from the applicant.

The levy may be paid online at www.iaa.govt.nz by logging in, and must be paid within 20 working days. Applicants will immediately be able to download an invoice and receipt.

Once the levy has been paid a licence will be granted. A licence pack containing a wallet card and licence certificate will be sent to the applicant once a licence is granted. The register will be updated with the applicant’s details.

All licences are valid for 12 months from the date the Registrar grants it.

If the Registrar refuses or postpones an application, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal established by the Ministry of Justice to hear appeals under the TTMRA.

Once licensed all advisers must comply with the Licensed Immigration Advisers Code of Conduct and the Immigration Adviser Competency Standards.

Lawyers

Lawyers with an Australian practising certificate can apply under the TTMRA. However, lawyers who hold a current New Zealand practising certificate, and their employees who provide immigration advice within the scope of their employment agreement, are not allowed to be New Zealand licensed immigration advisers.

TTMRA renewal

See Licensing Toolkit – Renewal for more information.