Don't Be a Victim of Imigration Fraud 

What is immigration fraud?

Immigration fraud is breaching, or attempting to breach, New Zealand’s immigration laws. Some broad examples are:

presenting a false or altered passport or other document in support of a visa application,  

providing any false or misleading information in support of a visa application, 

assisting someone to come to New Zealand, or remain here, when the person does not hold a visa or the correct type of visa, 

while assisting someone to come to New Zealand, misleading them as to the type of work they will be doing or the purpose of their travel.


The Immigration Act 2009 provides penalties of up to seven years’ imprisonment and a $100,000 fine for immigration fraud. 


If residence status was obtained through immigration fraud a person risks being deported. 


A person who has procured citizenship on the basis of immigration fraud can be deprived of their citizenship.

Program helps families reunite faster

May 19, 2015 —Surrey— Over 50,000 of the popular Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since its December 2011 launch, as part of Phase I of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification.

This multiple-entry visa is valid for up to 10 years and provides parents and grandparents with the flexibility of being able to visit family in Canada for up to two years without needing to renew their status.

Company officials sentenced on migrant exploitation charges

Friday, October 16, 2015

Two people involved in the management of the Auckland Indian restaurant chain Masala have been sentenced at the Auckland District Court this morning on charges related to the exploitation of migrant workers.

The charges followed an extensive investigation by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). The investigation found that four Indian nationals were significantly underpaid between 2012 and 2014, forced to under record the hours they worked, return some of their pay back to their employer and not paid any holiday pay.

Joti Jain was sentenced to 11 months’ home detention with conditions, one of which is not to manage a business, employ anyone or undertake voluntary work or training without permission of the probation officer. She was also ordered to do 220 hours’ community work and ordered to pay almost $58,000 reparation. She pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 15 charges, including exploitation and conspiracy charges, aiding and abetting a person to remain unlawfully in New Zealand and supplying false and misleading information to an immigration officer. The charges relate to four migrant workers.

Arrest over Filipino dairy workers

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A dual Filipino / New Zealand national has been arrested and charged with offences relating to a suspected fraud involving multiple work visa applications submitted by Filipinos to work in the New Zealand dairy industry.

The woman - who cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons - was arrested at her home in the Waikato yesterday. She has been charged with three offences under the Crimes Act 1961 and has been given police bail until her first court appearance next Tuesday, 27 October. It is likely that further charges will be laid when she appears in court.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Assistant General Manager Peter Elms says INZ first became aware of potential issues with applications from some Filipino nationals working on dairy farms in the South Island in February this year.

Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category, Entrepreneur Work Visa and Essential Skills work visa from 1 November 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015

New measures came into effect on 1 November to improve the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand. The changes are designed to encourage skilled migrants and entrepreneurs to settle outside Auckland.

Immigration New Zealand’s fees are increasing and a new immigration levy will be introduced.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Warning on scam phone calls

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Immigration New Zealand has been notified of a new wave of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be Immigration staff. 

Callers, posing as Immigration staff tell the person that they have been selected for a grant as part of a Government wide initiative.  Often the caller has some details of the person, such as a case reference numbers, although these do not match Immigration New Zealand client or application numbers. These calls are not from Immigration New Zealand. 


If you receive one of these calls, do not pass on personal details or payment details to the caller. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam we advise you to contact the New Zealand Police to report the call.


Further advice on what to do if you think you have been the victim of a scam, can be found on the Consumer Affairs website.

November 7, 2014

Study permits issued to international students up by 26 percent since 2012

Canada is on track to welcome a record number of foreign students this year, Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced today.

103,999 study permits were issued from January to September this year, an 11-percent increase from the same period in 2013 (93,717) and a 26-percent increase for the same period in 2012 (84,207).


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