8 Offshore immigration advice

(1)

This Act applies in respect of immigration advice provided by a person outside New Zealand, as well as advice provided by a person within New Zealand, except as provided in this section.

(2)

Despite subsection (1), a person who is not ordinarily resident in New Zealand need not be licensed in respect of immigration advice provided by the person outside New Zealand before the date that is 3 years after the day on which this Act receives the Royal assent, and—

(a)

section 9 does not require the Department to refuse to accept an immigration application or request from such a person before that date; and

(b)

such a person will not be treated as committing an offence under this Act by reason only of providing immigration advice outside New Zealand before that date without being licensed.

(3)

A person to whom subsection (2) applies may however apply for, and be granted, a licence at any time after the date that is 1 year after the day on which this Act receives the Royal assent, if the person chooses to apply.