E4.45 Applications not lodged in the prescribed manner
- An application must be returned if it is submitted by an unlicensed immigration adviser (see E4.50.25).
- Except in the case of E4.45 (a), INZ may, at its discretion, hold applications that are not lodged in the prescribed manner for a specified period of time until any outstanding mandatory requirements have been met; but INZ does not consider such applications to have been lodged.
- INZ is under no obligation to hold an application that is not lodged in the prescribed manner.
- If an application is lodged in an incomplete but minor and easily corrected manner, immigration officers may:
- receipt the application fee and immigration levy; and
- hold the papers; and
- advise the applicant or agent that the application has not been made in the prescribed manner but is being held for a limited time to enable the applicant or agent to meet the mandatory requirements for lodgement; and
- advise the applicant or agent of the documents required for the application to meet the mandatory requirements for lodgement.
- Applicants will be given a specified time to complete the outstanding requirements, and if they do not do so, the application may be returned to the applicant or agent, and the fee returned or refunded.
- If an application is not lodged in the prescribed manner and E4.45 (d) do not apply, the application must be returned to the applicant or agent.