09 June 2011

Significant changes to student visas announced by Immigration New Zealand

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Immigration New Zealand has announced significant changes to requirements for the study to work visa and student policies that will come into effect from 25 July 2011.

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Immigration New Zealand has announced significant changes to requirements for student visas.

Speaking on the New Zealand visa changes for student arrivals, Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman made the following comments: "The majority of people are here to legitimately study, but some just see a student visa as a short cut to gaining access to New Zealand."

"Some education providers have been enrolling students who are not capable of successfully completing their courses, have poor attendance and who are recording poor learning outcomes. This affects our reputation as a high quality study destination, and our ability to attract more genuine students who have the skills New Zealand needs.

"Export education supports about 32,000 jobs and providers received nearly $600 million in fees last year from over 90,000 students – it’s a significant earner for New Zealand so these changes are about ensuring we maintain the sector’s reputation and attract genuine students."

Some of the key changes being introduced from July include:


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