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Unlicensed immigration advisor charged

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/06/2017
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An Auckland woman with Tongan citizenship faces 22 charges of illegally providing immigration advice for entering New Zealand.

Maria 'Ilaisaane Valu-Pome'e's charges include four for providing advice without a valid licence, four for illegally advertising she was able to provide advice and four for being paid for her advice.

She also faces 10 charges under the Crimes Act 1961.

Immigration Advisers Authority registrar Catherine Albiston says those seeking immigration advice should use a licensed advisor, a list of whom can be found on the authority's website.

"The IAA ran a campaign earlier this year to raise awareness amongst Pacific communities in New Zealand, as well as in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, that unlawful immigration advice can cause significant stress and problems for visa applicants," she said.

Valu-Pome'e has been remanded on bail until July 6 after appearing in the Waitakere District Court on Wednesday.

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