Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice
Love working with people from all around the world? People looking for a new way of life often put New Zealand at the top of their wish list – but the immigration process can be difficult and confusing; professional advice is vital.
Anyone giving immigration advice has to be licensed. Unless you are an exempt person you must complete this qualification to apply for a license and we are the only institute in the country able to offer it.
This very popular online program can be studied from anywhere in the world.
It’s an intensive, interactive online course with strict entry criteria, particularly around English competency, and students will already have a degree or previous industry experience.
The program was developed in collaboration with the Immigration Advisers Authority and the immigration advice industry, to meet New Zealand immigration adviser licensing requirements.
The qualification can be completed in one year of full-time study or longer if studied part-time.
Details of licensing requirements can be found on the Immigration Advisers Authority website. We recommend that you check your eligibility for a license by reading section 15 of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007.
Learning in this qualification is sequential. All coursework and exams for courses LAWS6015, LAWS7012, LAWS7013 and LAWS7014 must be successfully completed before studying any subsequent courses.
There is no requirement to come to New Zealand to study for this qualification. Study visas are not issued for this program.
COURSES (in order.) Note the first four courses must be completed successfully before students can progress to the subsequent four courses).
Course LAWS6015 – Introduction to the Immigration Industry and Professional Responsibilities
In this course, students will identify and explore the role of a licensed immigration adviser and the licensing requirements an adviser must operate within, investigate the professional responsibilities of an immigration adviser including the code of conduct, and identify the features of professional communication that are relevant to an immigration advisor.
Course LAWS7012 – Introduction to Immigration Law and Decision-Making
In this course, students will analyze the legislative framework that guides the practice of immigration advisers, outline the New Zealand immigration visa system, explore immigration decision-making, navigate the Operational Manual and assess the factors that influence mandatory health and character requirements.
Course LAWS7013 – Temporary Entry, Compliance, and Unlawful Status
In this course, students will evaluate circumstances and give immigration advice in relation to temporary entry class visas, evaluate circumstances and give advice in relation to compliance and unlawful status. Students will also be able to interpret and assess the relevance of a range of circumstances to applications and explore oral and written English communication skills that assist immigration advisers in working professionally with clients.
Course LAWS7014 – Residence
In this course, students will learn to evaluate client circumstances and eligibility in relation to residence class and skilled migrant visa applications. Students will also demonstrate their ability to consistently apply written English communication skills that assist immigration advisers in working professionally with clients.
Course LAWS7015 – Professional Practice
In this course, students will investigate and implement aspects of practice as an immigration adviser including business practices, professional skills and ethical considerations in relation to the Code of Conduct and the Competency Standards and the application of communication skills when providing immigration advice.
Course LAWS7016 – Specialist Immigration Areas
In this course, students will explore and apply professional knowledge and skills when working as an immigration adviser in a number of specialist immigration areas and apply written English skills to a professional standard when working with clients.
Course LAWS7017 – Managing Client Cases
In this course students will interpret and apply knowledge of New Zealand immigration law in relation to a series of client applications, demonstrate their ability to manage the demands of applications and representations from clients and apply the professional knowledge and skills expected of an immigration adviser, including using written and oral English language skills to advise a client on a variety of immigration situations.
Course LAWS7018 – Applied Practice (work placement)
This course provides an opportunity for students to apply and evaluates professional practices relevant to a licensed immigration adviser, critically reflect on issues through the analysis of a series of cases and agency policies and practices, and consistently apply written and oral English language skills within the context of a work placement. This course option will only be available to students who can attend a physical immigration advisory business where oversight can be supplied by a currently licensed New Zealand Immigration Adviser. LAWS7018 Work Placement Handbook 2017.
Course LAWS7019 – Applied Practice
This course provides an opportunity for students to apply and evaluates professional practices relevant to a licensed immigration adviser, critically reflect on issues through the analysis of a series of cases and agency policies and practices, and consistently apply written and oral English language skills within the context of simulated work situations. This course option will be available to students who are unable to arrange a work placement.
This online course allows you to study full-time or part-time from anywhere in the world and caters to different time zones. The learning is supported by tutors giving you individual and group support, guidance and feedback. The course is fast-paced and intensive. If you’re in employment you are strongly encouraged to study part-time.
Each course involves approximately 150 hours of study including a final exam. During the course, you participate in online tutorials and directed study and complete assessment tasks. You can select the dates and times of the online tutorials and you will be advised once confirmed.
Full-time study equates to approximately 40 hours per week of fixed tutorials and self-directed study. In your first semester, you will study Course 1 (6015) and Course 2 (7012), Course 3 (7013) and Course 4 (7014). There will be a 1-week study break before the exams for all four courses. Your second semester of study will follow the same pattern for Courses 5-8 (7015-7018).
Part-time study equates to approximately 20 hours per week of fixed tutorials and directed study. In your first semester, you will study Course 1 (6015) and Course 2 (7012). There will be a one-week study break before you sit the exams for both Course 1 (6015) and Course 2 (7012). Your second semester of study will follow the same pattern for Courses 3 (7013) and 4 (7014).
Many Canadian citizens and permanent residents have loved ones abroad that they wish they could bring to Canada.
The Canadian government offers a number of ways to allow this dream to become a reality under its Family Class Sponsorship class. Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship programs are some of the most generous family reunification programs in the developed world. After all, the Canadian government is committed to keeping families together whenever possible.
There are a number of relationships that qualify for Family Class Sponsorship, including spouses and common-law partners, parents and grandparents, dependent children, and potentially other relationships under certain Provincial Family Class Sponsorship programs. For parents and grandparents, there is also the Super Visa program.