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    Default Immigration Agent or not, that is the question?

    Hi,

    A simple question, is it worth completing the visa process independently or do you advise going through an immigration specialist. Once I have my job offer which I am currently trying to secure still, I will have approximately 155 points. Obviously this is over the 100 threshold, I know I can then apply for a residency visa and a work to residency visa alongside to enable us to go to NZ sooner.

    The whole process is made to be very daunting which I guess is why immigration agents have you over a barrel potentially. Is there anyone out there that advises you but doesn't ask for a few thousand pounds for the privilege?

    I am quite open to do the whole application myself, especially if it saves me money. The only fear is that you do something wrong that will jeopardise the whole process. Does the NZ immigration office advise you if you call?

    Thanks in advance

    Nathan

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    Most people on this forum have done/are doing the application(s) themselves. The necessary instructions are all available on the INZ website, or on their published forms and guides. Yes, if you get stuck, INZ will reply to queries, but quite honestly, from what many people have found, the telephone answerers can be something like an animated Frequently Asked Question service, and therefore are better with standard stuff than the out of the ordinary - incidentally, the FAQ section on their website is pretty good. You can also Search our threads, as there's plenty of useful information. And if you get stuck with understanding something on INZ, just give a link and people will do their best to help you.

    I think everyone feels that same fear of doing something drastically wrong to sink their application, but very few have actually done it, that we've heard about. INZ are pretty forgiving of honest errors. It's trying to cheat the system in some way, or lying about some feature of their case, that can do real harm.

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    Do it yourself........write up a checklist and tick off as you do what is required, its amazing how quickly the ticks mount up. Good luck and as JandM said there are lots people who have gone before you who can provide some information if your really stuck, but if i can do it anyone can :-)

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    Do it yourself, I can't believe I did ours & it was time consuming but relatively easy, just double & triple checked it after & had the OH watching over my shoulder. Unless you have a complicated case I wouldn't bother with an agent unless you have the money to spend

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    DIY as others suggested. My suggestion will be to keep a log of what you do - log all your references (and am sure you will) and reading material - my experience :-( as INZ suspects someone else has helped me with immmigration advice while I have rightly declared that I did not take any immigration advise in my application forms. I'm preparing my response to INZ where I'm tracing back my actions (to the best of my memory) to refer to those threads that I used to read/go through. It is a painful job and taking a lot of time and still I'm not convinced that I have logged down all my references as it was over 15 months when I was doing extensive research on this.

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    Nathan,

    Please do it yourself... Don't go for any agents... If any chance you decided to go for agents for advice please make sure the agency is a ' licensed adviser '.

    Adviser’s duty to client

    Licensed immigration advisers must:
    permanently display their current licence in a prominent position at their place of business
    carry a wallet licence card with photo identification
    supply you with a code of conduct and explain it to you
    supply you with a written agreement
    supply you with details of their complaints process.

    My advice is to do the process yourself......

    All the best !

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    All,

    Thank you very much for the responses and apologies for my late response but I haven't had access to Broadband for a few weeks.

    It looks like an over whelming Yes to do it myself so I will look to start the process when I secure a job. How do you know what to class of visa to apply for. I was told on a free consultation to apply for a residency visa and a work to residency visa which will enable me to work within as little as 25 days from submission.

    The immigration agent sent me a letter stating I had 110 points for the Expression of interest but when I did the EOI calculator I could only get it to 90 points. What does a BA (Hons) degree come under as there are multiple levels which have degree under them?

    Thanks for the positive vibes, I will keep people up to date and no doubt as for advice on a regular occurrence.

    Is this forum the right place to ask for any advice on employers who may sponsor me? I was a Sales Director in my last role and have 16 years of Sales Management in advertising, Telco and most recently agriculture.

    Any advice is welcome.

    Thanks

    Nathan

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    What does a BA (Hons) degree come under
    It varies. Is your degree on the list exempt from assessment? http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...rq/default.htm Otherwise, you will need to have it assessed by NZQA, and they decide the level by looking at the details of the course - what subjects studied, to what depth, for how long.

    Maybe the 110 included some bonus points? We don't know enough about your situation to judge. If you'd like to say what you think you have, and why, people would be able to comment more helpfully. Also, you can check points against this list http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/41496.htm, and details at the other headings in the Skilled Migrant Residence section http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/6954.htm.

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    Lot of people here have gone the DIY way but from recent experience if you foresee any complications in terms of not understanding the process or retrieving any information from the past then do check with one of the licensed Immigration agent. We did DIY and it worked perfectly well.

    All the best

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    Hi,

    My degree is not on the list as exempt Universities so I guess it will need to be assessed. I did a top up degree after completing a HND so the BA (Hons) Business Administration was gained in 1 year.

    Regards

    Nathan

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