26 September 2018
 

NZAMI Workshop: Risk management for licensed immigration advisers Auckland, 31 October 2018

Date: 31 October 2018 Start: 10 am
Venue: TBA - Auckland CBD
Programme

NZAMI Workshop:  Risk management for licensed immigration advisers

LIAs are a regulated profession.  Our clients have a user-friendly and free complaints mechanism that utilizes the Immigration Advisers Authority’s resources and its wide-ranging statutory powers.  With that complaints mechanism comes the risk of adverse findings in the Disciplinary Tribunal.  Not infrequently a client complaint may be ‘sour grapes’ and merely the result of an unsuccessful application or appeal, without any breach of the adviser’s obligations.  Or it may be caused by a client’s dissatisfaction with fees once their hopes have been disappointed.  Our experience, however, shows that even when the explicit concern of the complainant is not objectively made out, the file review by the IAA quite frequently shows other breaches of the Code of Conduct that may lead to a referral to the Tribunal, and an adverse finding against the adviser.

Managing the risk arising from potential complaints is an essential part of running a successful and profitable immigration advice business. It is a core skill. That said, compliance with an adviser’s obligations is not always easy. It is not only ‘really bad advisers’ having complaints against them upheld in the Tribunal. There are pitfalls for the unwary, and some matters – the ‘tripartite trap’ just one example – can raise complex legal and ethical problems.

This NZAMI Workshop is aimed generally (but not exclusively) at practitioners within the first five years of practice. Whatever the Polytechnic will have been able to teach, most practitioners will need to have started to work in the field, before many of these legal and ethical issues are encountered and can be understood.

The workshop aims to address:

  • Service agreements, engagement protocols and establishing who the client really is
  • Record keeping
  • Internal complaints processes
  • The requirement for fees to be ‘reasonable’
  • Tripartite relationships
  • Client confidentiality and related issues
  • The line between clerical work and immigration advice
  • Risk management in relation to fraudulent documents provided by clients

Disclaimer:  Please note we will try to cover all the bullet pointed topics listed above, but given the practical focus of this Workshop, it is possible that some topics may only be touched on briefly.

The format is deliberately based on a limited number of participants (up to 20) being involved in discussions and practical exercises. This is a collaborative approach focused on learning skills, not merely the provision of information.

Closing date for registration and ordering DVD Pack is 28 October 2018

Wellington NZAMI Seminar Wednesday, 10th October 2018

Date: 10 October 2018 Start: 8.45 am
Venue: Willeston Conference Centre, Monarch Room, Level 11, 15 Willeston Street, Wellington
Programme

8.45 am        Open and Update - June Ranson, NZAMI Chairperson

9.00 am        Q & A by Peter Elms - Peter Elms, Assistant General Manager, Business & Specialist, INZ 

9.20 am        Changes to the Overseas Investment Act impact all of us working in the immigration space as from 22 October 2018. Pedro Morgan, Principal Advisor, Overseas Investment Office will be presentingon the changes and fielding Q&A

10.15 am      Economists Peter Wilson and Julie Fry have developed a new framework for thinking about migration, which they have published in their book Better Lives: Migration, Wellbeing and New Zealand.  Peter Wilson will outline the contents of the book and discuss how their framework could be used to shape migration settings in New Zealand

All attendees will receive a complimentary eBook ‘Better Lives: Migration, Wellbeing and New Zealand’  by Economists Peter Wilson and Julie Fry.

10.50 am      Morning Tea and Networking

11.05 am      Deportation for Character - Simon Laurent, Barrister, Laurent Law, will traverse how practitioners can approach such cases

11.50 am      SMC Case Studies - as the new instructions bed in, Katy Armstrong, Licensed Immigration Adviser, IntoNZ, looks at some of the challenges emerging under new instructions

12.45 am      Industry Discussion  snacks will be provided!  This is an opportunity to share any issues of general concern / interest affecting the industry and feed into the work of the NZAMI Board

1.15 pm        Seminar Close

Closing date for registration and ordering DVD Pack is 08 October 2018

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Upcoming NZAMI CPD and Events 2018

This calendar is still subject to change and times for the Webinars are still to be advised.

WORKSHOPS - due to the format of all Workshops, there is a strict number of attendees for each Workshop and bookings will be closed early.  As soon as registration is open, an email will be sent and it will be on a first come first served basis (NZAMI members will be offered places early).  Please also note due to confidentiality, Workshops will not be recorded.

WEBINARS - everyone who registers to attend a Webinar will also receive a link to access the recording at no extra cost!

2018

 Event

 Centre

10/10/18

Seminar - registration NOW OPEN!

Wellington

26/10/18

Seminar - agenda to be advised

Auckland

29-31/10/18

Investment Immigration Summit East Asia

Hong Kong SAR, China

07/11/18

Seminar - agenda to be advised

Christchurch

30/11/18

Seminar - agenda to be advised

Auckland

As a guide only, Seminars provide you with 4 hours CPD, Webinars 1 1/2 hours CPD and Workshops 4-6 hours CPD.

This guide can change dependent upon length of event.

 

NZAMI Cancellation Policy

The NZAMI retains the right to cancel any event, CPD or Conference.  If an event is cancelled the Association will immediately inform registered participants and issue either a refund or credit note.

 

NZAMI Refund Policy

Due to the NZAMI CPD capacity restrictions, unfulfilled registrations take up valuable places in NZAMI CPD events.

Reimbursement or the issuance of credit notes for those who fail to attend is entirely at the discretion of the NZAMI and will only be considered IF the NZAMI office is advised at least 7 business days prior to the event they cannot attend.

Orders cannot be changed from 'attending' a seminar to the MP4 or livestream of said seminar without at least 7 business days notice directly to NZAMI prior to the Seminar date.  The fee difference will also need to be paid.