Former Licensed Immigration Adviser convicted following MBIE investigation

Published: 31 August 2023

A former Licensed Immigration Adviser (LIA) has been sentenced to 6-months community detention and 100 hours community service after his application for a discharge without conviction was dismissed and he was found guilty of breaching the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 (the Act).

  • Sergey Gimranov was sentenced to community detention, community service and a $2000 fine.
  • Convicted of three charges under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007.
  • Consumers urged to check IAA website when hiring an immigration adviser.

41-year-old Sergey Gimranov, who will also pay $2000 reparation to his victims, was convicted of 3 charges of providing immigration advice without being licensed or exempt at the Auckland District Court yesterday (Wednesday 30 August 2023).

The charges were brought against Mr Gimranov by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) after an Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment investigation found the defendant had provided immigration advice after his license was cancelled by the IAA in September 2016.

You can find out more about the IAA and check if someone is a licensed immigration adviser here:

For migrants(external link) — Immigration Advisors Authority

Read the full IAA media release(external link) — Immigration Advisors Authority

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